BSWM says cloud seeding in Magat Dam successful
THE Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) responded the request of SN Aboitiz to conduct cloud seeding operation in Magat Dam and agricultural area in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) particularly in Isabela province.
BSWM Executive Director Silvino Q. Tejada said that the agency’s cloud seeding operation has resulted to a positive increase in dam elevation. Per data from NIA-MARIIS as of December 26, 2012 rainfall record showed that from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26 the highest rainfall recorded was 15 mm while the highest average inflow recorded was 144 cms. that benefited the rice and corn farmers.
“Our cloud seeding team, has been conducting cloud seeding operation with two or three sorties a day and it paid off handsomely, daily sorties will continue in the next few days “ Dir. Tejada said.
Last December 13, 2012 SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) requested BSWM to undertake cloud seeding operation at Magat Dam and its watershed areas.
SNAP is the owner and operator of the hydroelectric facilities installed in Magat Dam. Besides providing water for about 217, 000 hectares of farmland in Cagayan Valley, the Magat Dam also powers the hydroelectric facilities of SNAP.
Dir. Tejada said that unlike other regions in the country that experienced flooding from the recent strong typhoons, the Cagayan Valley did not get generous rainfall at all, which resulted to Magat Dam’s decreasing water elevation which is 6 meters below the rule curve.
According to SNAP, the Magat Dam’s level was level was about 186.67 meters when it wrote a letter on December 13, 2012 to Dir. Tejada requesting for a cloud seeding operations. This level is about six meters below the “rule of curve”. SNAP budgeted 1.5 million to help shoulder the cost of 30 hours cloud seeding operation .
The BSWM is mandated to conduct cloud seeding operation and we have performing the task since 1987 per Executive Order 116 , Dir. Tejada said.