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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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Feb 10, 2017: Data science and the creek

Samantha Fox, Water Sage's Database Developer, discusses her rambling course to becoming a water data expert and how Water Sage is forging new paths to helping understand water and water rights.

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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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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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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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May 27, 2014: Whiskey’s For Drinkin’, Water’s For Fightin’ Over

Wrangling the data sets that you can so efficiently access in Water Sage is a full time endeavor for a whole team of people. From cleansing data to understanding legalities to creating intuitive visuals, our team brings order and ease to the world of water rights research. Read this first in a series of technical blog posts to gain some insight into our approach to all things data.

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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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