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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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December 19, 2016: Looking Back At 2016 And What’s On Tap For Next Year

Kelly Bennett, Managing Partner of Water Sage, takes a look back at what the team has accomplished in 2016 and what we're planning for 2017. 

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Aug 17, 2016: Legislative Committee Welcomes Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Montana Water Laws

Montana’s Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will hold its next meeting August 29-30 at the Capitol in Helena – and it's a critical time for water rights holders to become engaged. Even if you belong to a group represented by a lobbyist, now is the time to become better informed and let the Legislature know what you think and how their decisions impact Montana water users.

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July 6, 2016: Plan B on Banning Fracking: Stop the Flow of Water to Oil and Gas

The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling on May 2nd that struck down bans and moratoriums on fracking  has assured two things: one, a fight about fracking at the ballot box, and two, be on the lookout for other creative production-halting threats. Where are oil and gas companies getting their water from?  Is it from a secured, legal and reliable source that know won’t be changing? 

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June 23, 2016: Hey Oil and Gas Companies, Are You In Possession of Illegal Water?

What if an oil and gas operator purchases water knowing that the seller deceptively purchased it for agricultural use?  Does it make a difference if the operator is unaware of any deception, but knows that the water isn’t approved for industrial use?  Water Sage tackles the question of stolen water in Colorado.

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May 19, 2016: Where Are My Water Rights?

You own a home with a well, some acreage with a spring-fed pond or a large agricultural operation with livestock and acres of irrigated hay. You are positive you own water rights, but a search of the state website does not list any water rights in your name or the ranch name. Does this mean you don’t own any rights? Why aren‘t your water rights listed in the state database?

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Apr 23, 2016: California’s Water Crisis: Could Texas Be Next?

Texas is facing many of the same challenges as California: drought, population growth, and groundwater depletion. California is in a state of crisis. And there is one aspect of California’s water administration that Texas shares: a patchwork approach to management. How can Texas avoid the same fate?

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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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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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Aug 27, 2015: Finding the Orange Lining in the Animas River Spill

The Aug. 5 release of 3 million gallons of orange mine waste into a tributary of the Animas River has triggered a variety of calls for action.  Colleen Coyle takes a deep dive into how a tool like Water Sage can benefit government officials, industrial operators, and water users to further improve notice procedures and find an "orange lining" in this environmental crisis.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Rebecca will be at Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Fluency course in Palisades, CO on June 29th.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Governors Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee Update in Helena, MT on July 18th.
  • Spencer and Kelly will be at the Summer Colorado Water Congress Conference in Vail, CO on August 23-25.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Association of Counties Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on September 17-21.
  • Jim will be at the Montana League of Cities & Towns Annual Conference in Great Falls, MT on Septrember 27-29.
  • Jim will be at the Montana American Water Resources Association in Helena, MT on October 19-20.
  • Jim will be at the Montana Association of Conservation Districts Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on November 12-14.

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