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Press Release - Water Sage Unveils New Features to Help Users Navigate Colorado's Complex Water Rights System

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 shortly after the anniversary of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 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 Colorado'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 Colorado includes:

  • Data for nearly 2.5 million land parcels from 45+ counties
  • More than 160,000 water right structures to search, filter, and analyze
  • Information for nearly 425,000 water wells, including downloadable well logs and permit documents
  • Search Water Court resumes by case number or keyword

Here's what they're saying:

“I was impressed the first time I saw Water Sage, but I was hesitant because I knew I could access the same data elsewhere. Using Water Sage has totally changed my perspective – it is so much more than data. Water Sage provides the information that I need to make quick, meaningful decisions, all in one place.”
- Heather Dutton, Manager, San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District
"I was recently negotiating a ranch deal with another broker whose firm also used Water Sage. The landowners’ record keeping left something to be desired, which led to confusion about exactly how many adjudicated springs were on the ranch. Just a few years ago, this discrepancy would’ve led to a lengthy research process and possibly hiring costly water attorneys. Thanks to Water Sage, the other broker and I were able to quickly understand the springs’ ownership and history, and we were able to easily clear up the confusion with both parties. Water Sage saved us time, and saved our clients from having to hire expensive attorneys."
- Ed Roberson, Broker, Mirr Ranch Group
“Before Water Sage, water rights due diligence could take us hours. With Water Sage, we can do initial due diligence research in 15 minutes and move on to our analysis. It’s increased our productivity significantly.”
-Sarah Parmar, Director of Conservation, Colorado Open Lands

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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  • 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.
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  • 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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