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.

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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.

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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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