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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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June 29, 2015: Water and Lending: Is Unsecured Water Secure?

Water is a crucial component of land value, yet has historically been overlooked in the appraisal and lending processes. As a result, lenders face exposure to a reduction in the value of collateralized land in the event of a foreclosure. In this post, Nancy Zalutsky explores the role of water in traditional ag lending and outlines approaches to mitigate risks.

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June 2, 2015: Water Sage June Update

June is shaping up to be a busy month for the Water Sage team! From conferences and summits in all four of our current coverage states, to our upcoming version 2.0 launch for Colorado and cultivating a few very exciting partnerships, we are looking forward to a great June.  Check out our events section on the blog for more details about where you can meet the team!

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May 26, 2015: Need Land Value? Just Add Water.

Why should you go through the trouble of researching, preserving, and protecting your water rights? For starters, because irrigated land can be worth 4 times as much per acre as dry crop land. Nancy Zalutsky dives into the importance of water to land value and the long term rewards of protecting water rights.

 

 

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May 5, 2015: Water Sage Texas Has Arrived

Check out our Water Sage Texas page to learn more about the service. We are excited to release Texas in our new Version 2.0 platform, which gives you the ability to do detailed searches and analysis of land, water rights, wells, and the host of administrative regions in Texas that govern groundwater development.

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Apr 30, 2017: Water Sage in American Banking News

Did you know that some banks overlook water rights when they assess land as collateral for loans? Our own Colleen Coyle was recently interviewed for an American Banker article. Check it out HERE.

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Feb 23, 2015: CSKT Compact Dispute: What's the Big Deal?

Many in Montana have heard about the compact dispute between  the CSKT and a group of irrigators. The outcome of this conflict will have huge implications for MT water users. Our own Colleen Coyle has been called upon as a resource to help wade through the misinformation swirling around the debate, both for the legislature in articles and testimony and to the public through op-eds. Her breakdown of the facts can be found on the MT State Legislature site, as well as opinion pieces being published around MT.

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Feb 21, 2015: What Makes a Great Water Right?

A great water right is one that has the most potential to provide water, as opposed to water right that looks good on paper, but does not provide the full amount of water it promises.  In this post Nancy Zalutsky tells you how to use the new Water Sage Rating System to help you compare water rights on properties, and shows you how the ratings can help you identify important, but often overlooked aspects of water rights.

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Feb 13, 2015: Where Did The Water Go?

Don’t run for your shovel, shotgun or bulldozer when your ditch is dry.  There are legal means to get the water running again.  Montana law provides procedures to help you get your water.  Nancy Zalutsky tells you how to determine who may have diverted your water and how to make them stop.  Some methods work faster but they cost more and may not provide a permanent solution, while others will not give you water immediately but may resolve the problem for years to come.

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Dec 6, 2014: The Difference Between Your Well and a Hole in the Ground

The complex relationship between wells and aquifers is something all well owners, prospective owners, and groundwater stakeholders would benefit from a basic understanding of.  Today's post outlines key aspects of evaluating a well based the hydrological features, water quality, and the legal rights and obligations associated with it.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • We will be at Western Landowners Alliance Board Meeting and Mitigation Workshop in Missoula, MT on Aug 2-4.
  • We will be at Colorado Water Congress in Steamboat Springs, CO on August 22-24.
  • We will be at the Montana/Idaho REALTORS Joint Annual Business Convention in Big Sky, MT on September 13-14.
  • We will be at the Montana Association of Counties Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on September 17-21.
  • We will be at the Montana League of Cities & Towns Annual Conference in Great Falls, MT on September 27-29.
  • We will be at the Montana American Water Resources Association in Helena, MT on October 19-20.
  • We will be at the South Platte Forum in Loveland, CO on October 25-26.
  • We will be speaking at the 2017 AWRA Annual Conference in Portland, OR on November 5-9.
  • We will be at the Montana Association of Conservation Districts Annual Conference in Bozeman, MT on November 12-14.
  • We will be at the ACWA 2017 Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, CA on November 28 - December 1.

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