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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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Feb 1, 2017: Montana Water Bills Advance in Legislature

Nancy Zalutsky, Water Rights Specialist and Certified Paralegal, compiles the recent Montana water bills that are advancing in legislature. She also discusses ways in which you can track their progress and make your voice heard.

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Jan 27, 2017: Rough Waters Ahead? What To Do About the New Water Court Decree in Montana’s Gallatin River Basin

Colleen Coyle discusses tangible action items Montana landowner's can do to protect their water rights during the water rights reexamination and “second decree” process.

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Jan 20, 2017: Marketing a Change in Flow

Rebecca Callahan, Marketing Director, shares what it's like to transition into a marketing role in the water rights community.

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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 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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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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