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Press Release - Water Sage Texas Unveils New User Features

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 the Texas Water Development Board tours the state showcasing its statewide water plan.

Like any private property right, water rights can be bought and sold, inherited or encumbered. In most Western states, water rights are generally conveyed like real estate – by deed recorded with the county where the rights are located.
 
Water Sage is the only system of its kind that incorporates all of Texas'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 Texas includes:

  • Locations where environmental flow standards must be met on more than 34,000 river gages including international boundary waters
  • Well logs for 800,000 historical wells and legal water right documents
  • 9.2 million land parcels in 167 counties
  • More than 1 million water wells from 41 data sources including state sources, groundwater conservation districts and historical well logs
  • 6,000+ water rights and nearly 16,000 points of diversion, cross referenced to streams and upstream/downstream neighbors
  • proprietary database of all wells, including databases maintained by the 100 GCDs in Texas

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

ABOUT WATER SAGE
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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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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