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Data Is Integral To Understanding Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey levied historic destruction in the greater Houston area. While photographs of huge sections of the city submerged tell the story of the storm's impact, there is also a story told in the monitoring data generated during the event. Looking at data produced by the gage monitoring network provides context for the magnitude of storm impacts and reveals real issues that limit understanding of these kinds of floods.

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Water Rights Offer Glimpses Into Our History

Water rights tell the story of the American West and the generations of people who toiled to survive and flourish there. The rich history told in the records of water claims provides the foundation for water use today and is essential to know for contemporary land and water rights owners in order to protect their water rights.

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July 14, 2017: Water Rights Consulting and Technology

Montana water rights are based on the appropriation system, meaning that the earliest rights are the most valuable. The deadline to timely file claims for water rights in use as of June 30, 1973, i.e. historical water rights, was April 30, 1982. Many of these historical water rights date back to the late 19th century. As you can imagine, finding information to substantiate claims that were filed 35 years ago based on events that happened over a century ago does not lend itself to quick Google searches.

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June 26, 2017: Don’t Let Fear Of Change Hold Your Company Back

Technology is in a constant state of change and as a software developer, you must adapt to it very quickly or you will be left behind. Jamie Stone, one of our developers, discusses the benefits of change and how Water Sage embraces it.

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June 12, 2017: UI Design is Hard, but Worth it

Director of IT, Mike Gates, talks about the history on web design and how the product and development team worked together to create Water Sage's user-friendly interface.

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June 5, 2017: The 9 Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Data (and How to Deal with Them)

If you’re reading this, you have some interest in data. Welcome to my world! Though long seen as a geeky subject, data is becoming more embedded in all our worlds, and facility with it is a skill more and more people are expected to have. Whether you personally provide data to others or consume it or both, please read on; I hope you pick up a useful tidbit or two.

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May 17, 2017: What I learned at Water Fluency, part 1

Our Marketing Director, Rebecca Callahan, talks about what she's learned at Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Fluency professional development course.

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May 12, 2017: To Open Source or Not to Open Source: that is the question.

The decision of whether or not to integrate open source components into your application, or indeed to offer your application as an open source product itself must, at the end of the day, transcend the realm of rhetoric and philosophy.  It must be based on the requirements of the product, the cost of the development and (listen carefully, managers) the sanity and satisfaction of the developers on the front lines. 

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May 6, 2017: Montana: should we look West to learn how to manage exempt wells?

Montana water users are watching the growing water rights dispute in Washington, because Montana has looked at aspects of Washington’s approach to water rights as an example to follow.

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Apr 28, 2017: Racing with Machines

Our Marketing Director, Rebecca Callahan, discusses the benefits of embracing new technology and not shying away from it.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Water Sage will be at the Montana/Idaho REALTORS Joint Annual Business Convention in Big Sky, MT on September 13-14.
  • Water Sage will be at the Montana Association of Counties Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on September 17-21.
  • Water Sage will be at the Montana League of Cities & Towns Annual Conference in Great Falls, MT on September 27-29.
  • Water Sage will be at the Montana American Water Resources Association in Helena, MT on October 19-20.
  • Water Sage will be at the South Platte Forum in Loveland, CO on October 25-26.
  • Water Sage will be speaking at the 2017 AWRA Annual Conference in Portland, OR on November 5-9.
  • Water Sage will be at the Montana Association of Conservation Districts Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on November 12-14.
  • Water Sage will be at the ACWA 2017 Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, CA on November 28 - December 1.

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