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Apr 6, 2017: Times Have Changed – The Evolution of Montana’s Water Adjudication Process

Learn how the Montana water rights adjudication started as a local, personalized process using field investigation and personal interviews, but evolved into a procedure involving a centralized system which now relies on document review, Claims Examination Rules and an examination manual spanning over 600 pages.

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Mar 1, 2016: Drops in the Bucket?

Rain barrels are in the news again in Colorado, the only state in the US where collection of rainwater is illegal. Many react with a question: why is rainwater capture, a strategy that seems aligned with a water conservation ethic, still illegal in a dry state that needs to conserve water? Others answer just as strongly that the longstanding and tightly managed “prior appropriation” system of Western water rights must be protected. What are some of the finer points overlooked in this debate?

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Feb 11, 2016: Grab a Paddle: Montana Water Policy Has Challenging Rapids Ahead

Here at Water Sage, we wade into all things water, especially in Montana, where water leaders meet policy challenges head on. Through our upcoming blog series on state legislative issues we’ll help you navigate Montana’s water policy changes, so you can participate in shaping that policy. Stay in touch with our team if you have questions  – we love to help spur conversations about water resources!

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Jan 11, 2016: MT Irrigators: Pivot Conversions Require Water Right Changes

Converting flood irrigation to pivots and other sprinkler methods is a common upgrade on ranch and farm properties. While the conversions tend to lead to more efficient water use in agriculture, they are not as simple as just installing a pivot and operating it. In this post, Nancy delves into the permitting and water right changes that are required to convert to more efficient means of irrigation.

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Dec 28, 2015: Homeowners Beware: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Property in Texas

House Bill 1221, recently signed into Texas law, requires sellers of residential real estate to disclose whether any part of a property is in a groundwater conservation district (GCD) or subsidence district. The law affects all transfers taking place January 1, 2016 or later. By not investigating this for yourself, you could be in for an unwelcome surprise after you close on a property.
 

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Dec 22, 2015: What Happens Next? Status of Water Rights Compact with Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Find out why the compact reached by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission (RWRCC), and the U.S. for tribal reserved water rights was the most hotly debated bill of the 2015 Montana legislative session and has attracted national attention.

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Oct 29, 2015: Groundwater Depletion: Is Texas Draining Its Savings Account?

Groundwater conservation, starting with local measurement and involvement, is a crucial piece of the water puzzle in Texas. The number of water users is growing fast, and they’re all drawing out of the same shared savings account. It pays to be informed because increased awareness and engagement can lead to potential solutions. And as the saying goes: If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.

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Oct 12, 2015: Why Realtors Should Care About Water Rights

Water rights can be one of the most valuable aspects of a Montana property. If, or how, those water rights are tied to a land parcel can mean all the difference to that value, not to mention the potential financial loss to both a buyer and their realtor. If you’re a realtor, land buyer, or bank lender and you’ve thought about water rights, but don’t know quite enough or even where to start, then read on.

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Sep 24, 2015: The Challenges of a Statewide Water Plan

The challenge for Colorado’s new water plan, and other state water planning efforts, is to clearly set forth specific, concrete action steps and avoid the fate of their 1970s predecessors as “shelf art.”  View this week's blog post about how the national water planning efforts present an opportunity for state and federal government sources to make data investments to address data gaps that exist in all states. 

 

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Sep 17, 2015: Using Water Sage to Get a Better Farm Loan

Whether you are trying to buy property, expand your operation or keep your farm going, it is important to know about your water rights when you apply for a loan. Bankers allocate their limited funds to borrowers based on the 5 Cs of credit, and those factors can be affected by the quality of the farm’s water supply and water rights.  Are you prepared?  Find out how you can use Water Sage to get a better farm loan.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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 Hart Energy Executive Oil Conference in Midland, TX on November 6-8.
  • 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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