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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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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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