Montana water users are watching the growing water rights dispute in Washington, because Montana has looked at aspects of Washington’s approach to water rights as an example to follow.
Colleen Coyle discusses tangible action items Montana landowner’s can do to protect their water rights during the water rights reexamination and “second decree” process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few weeks ago, the Montana Dept. of Natural Resources granted the first temporary lease of water under the new Section 85-2-427, MCA statutory process. The process was created to expedite water leasing for oil and gas development. The Water Sage team is excited to share insights and analysis of policy developments as Western states adapt their legal frameworks to facilitate transactions around water resources.