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Press Release - Water Sage Announces New Features in Water Sage Montana

State's largest land and water data platform helps citizens and water professionals
gain greater insight efficiently and effectively

(DENVER) – Ponderosa Advisors, LLC today unveiled new improvements and additional features to WaterSage.com, the largest integrated water and land information platform for the state.
First developed in 2013, Water Sage is a web-based mapping and research platform designed to help everyone – from water planning officials to landowners, lawyers, banks, realtors, and conservation groups – gain greater access to information surrounding water and land.  Water Sage’s upgraded platform arrives as Montana continues to wade through its multi-year water rights reexamination process.

Like any private property right, water rights can be bought and sold, inherited or encumbered. Water Sage is the only system of its kind that incorporates all of Montana's water and land data into a single platform and enables users to research, visualize, and analyze cumbersome datasets together in one screen. Users can tap into all of the state’s surface water rights, groundwater wells, measurement gages, land use, and ownership at one time and receive meaningful intelligence and comprehensive results in seconds. Water Sage also includes referential map layers and web links to original records and legal documents. Data can be exported into GoogleEarth, GIS-compatible formats, or Excel files to further enable project management.
The latest generation of Water Sage enables users to map stream networks to determine upstream or downstream neighbors, connect water rights to stream networks and basins for detailed, intuitive searches over large areas. Additional new generation enhancements include: new polygon, lat/long, location and radius search capabilities, ability to search all datasets by proximity to streams, a redesigned user interface with faster search results, and group project saving capabilities and functionality across all modern web browsers.
Because each state manages water use differently, state-specific platforms are designed to accurately reflect that state’s legal, regulatory, and administrative structures.  
Water Sage Montana includes:

  • Detailed information for nearly 840,000 land parcels across the state
  • More than 350,000 water rights to search, filter, and analyze
  • Data for nearly 280,000 well logs

Here's what they're saying:

“Purchasing Water Sage was a very easy decision for the Bank of Bozeman. Water Sage is easy to use and provides a lot of value for the bank. Water rights that used to take a significant amount of time to research are now researched quickly with the Water Sage platform. The bank uses Water Sage not only in situations with large agricultural producers but also for small acreages where the water is part of the building lot’s value. The bank also uses Water Sage instead of the Cadastral system when researching land ownership. Recently I used Water Sage to help a customer review water availability on a piece of ground the customer was considering renting. The added value to the customer is one more benefit of Water Sage.”
- Mark Gannon, Chief Lending Officer, Bank of Bozeman
"Water Sage is a powerful tool that allows us to quickly scope a potential water right project. We can easily access the client’s land ownership, water rights as well all the neighboring rights in a geospatial format. The reporting and export features are invaluable in evaluating junior and senior water rights on a specific reach."
- Jim Gilman, Former Water Adjudication Bureau Chief, Montana DNRC, Blake Creek Project Management
"Bankers now can enhance their lending due diligence process with ‘fingertip’ access to documentation for water rights on a parcel-by-parcel basis for the entire state of Montana.”
- Steve Turkiewicz, President and CEO, Montana Bankers Association
“I keep Water Sage open on my desktop all day. It’s a tool I use throughout the day to answer questions, do quick visual searches and quickly move on to other important matters.”
-Russ Radliff, Water Resource Specialist, WGM Group

Members of the media can request a demonstration of how the program works by completing this online form.

Water Sage is a web-based mapping and research platform that integrates water rights, well, and land data, with diverse analytical capabilities. Water Sage provides simple, efficient access to this data, helping users understand and evaluate water rights and their relationship to land. The platform is the brainchild of the team at Denver-based Ponderosa Advisors, LLC, a firm of analysts, lawyers, technical experts and developers, that believe access to information and transparency facilitates better decision-making, which benefits everyone. For more information contact Kelly Bennett at (855) 556-8037 or email info@watersage.com.

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