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December 28, 2015: Homeowners Beware: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Property in Texas

House Bill 1221, recently signed into Texas law, requires sellers of residential real estate to disclose whether any part of a property is in a groundwater conservation district (GCD) or subsidence district. The law affects all transfers taking place January 1, 2016 or later. By not investigating this for yourself, you could be in for an unwelcome surprise after you close on a property.

December 22, 2015: What Happens Next? Status of Water Rights Compact with Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Find out why the compact reached by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission (RWRCC), and the U.S. for tribal reserved water rights was the most hotly debated bill of the 2015 Montana legislative session and has attracted national attention.

October 29, 2015: Groundwater Depletion: Is Texas Draining Its Savings Account?

Groundwater conservation, starting with local measurement and involvement, is a crucial piece of the water puzzle in Texas. The number of water users is growing fast, and they’re all drawing out of the same shared savings account. It pays to be informed because increased awareness and engagement can lead to potential solutions. And as the saying goes: If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.

October 12, 2015: Why Realtors Should Care About Water Rights

Water rights can be one of the most valuable aspects of a Montana property. If, or how, those water rights are tied to a land parcel can mean all the difference to that value, not to mention the potential financial loss to both a buyer and their realtor. If you’re a realtor, land buyer, or bank lender and you’ve thought about water rights, but don’t know quite enough or even where to start, then read on.

September 24, 2015: The Challenges of a Statewide Water Plan

The challenge for Colorado’s new water plan, and other state water planning efforts, is to clearly set forth specific, concrete action steps and avoid the fate of their 1970s predecessors as “shelf art.” View this week’s blog post about how the national water planning efforts present an opportunity for state and federal government sources to make data investments to address data gaps that exist in all states.

September 17, 2015: Using Water Sage to Get a Better Farm Loan

Whether you are trying to buy property, expand your operation or keep your farm going, it is important to know about your water rights when you apply for a loan. Bankers allocate their limited funds to borrowers based on the 5 Cs of credit, and those factors can be affected by the quality of the farm’s water supply and water rights. Are you prepared? Find out how you can use Water Sage to get a better farm loan.

September 2, 2015: Managing your water rights

In the arid West, your water rights are a critical component of the land where you live, work, and play. While most landowners understand the importance of their water rights, many do not know how to effectively manage and protect them for themselves or for future generations. The bottom line is that you are the best person to manage your water rights assets. But where to start?

August 27, 2015: Finding the Orange Lining in the Animas River Spill

The Aug. 5 release of 3 million gallons of orange mine waste into a tributary of the Animas River has triggered a variety of calls for action. Colleen Coyle takes a deep dive into how a tool like Water Sage can benefit government officials, industrial operators, and water users to further improve notice procedures and find an “orange lining” in this environmental crisis.

August 18, 2015: Should Montana Create a New Water Use Permit for Subdivisions?

In 1993, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) permitted developers to build large housing subdivisions without review of the adverse effect to senior water rights. Water-right holders and conservation groups sued the DNRC to overturn the rule. In this week’s post Nancy Zalutsky offers a new permitting proposal that might settle the various, competing interests.

August 8, 2015: What is a Colorado Water Right?

There’s something counterintuitive about buying acreage, but somehow not receiving any right to use the water “on” the property. Such confusion can usually be resolved with a quick lesson on Colorado water rights. To save you the headache of finding out about Colorado’s complex water allocation system the hard way, we’ve put together this post to explain the basics of a Colorado water right.

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