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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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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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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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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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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 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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Aug 18, 2015: Should Montana Create a New Water Use Permit for Subdivisions?

In 1993, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) permitted developers to build large housing subdivisions without review of the adverse effect to senior water rights. Water-right holders and conservation groups sued the DNRC to overturn the rule. In this week's post Nancy Zalutsky offers a new permitting proposal that might settle the various, competing interests.

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July 20, 2015: 64th MT Legislature Water Bills Review

There were more than two dozen water-related bills considered in the most recent Montana legislative session. Nancy and team have compiled a review of water-related bills that passed and failed, including some implications for important bills. Just click the link and download the PDF.

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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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