Hurricane Harvey levied historic destruction in the greater Houston area. While photographs of huge sections of the city submerged tell the story of the storm’s impact, there is also a story told in the monitoring data generated during the event. Looking at data produced by the gage monitoring network provides context for the magnitude of storm impacts and reveals real issues that limit understanding of these kinds of floods.
Water rights tell the story of the American West and the generations of people who toiled to survive and flourish there. The rich history told in the records of water claims provides the foundation for water use today and is essential to know for contemporary land and water rights owners in order to protect their water rights.
Montana water rights are based on the appropriation system, meaning that the earliest rights are the most valuable. The deadline to timely file claims for water rights in use as of June 30, 1973, i.e. historical water rights, was April 30, 1982. Many of these historical water rights date back to the late 19th century. As you can imagine, finding information to substantiate claims that were filed 35 years ago based on events that happened over a century ago does not lend itself to quick Google searches.
Technology is in a constant state of change and as a software developer, you must adapt to it very quickly or you will be left behind. Jamie Stone, one of our developers, discusses the benefits of change and how Water Sage embraces it.
Director of IT, Mike Gates, talks about the history on web design and how the product and development team worked together to create Water Sage’s user-friendly interface.
The decision of whether or not to integrate open source components into your application, or indeed to offer your application as an open source product itself must, at the end of the day, transcend the realm of rhetoric and philosophy. It must be based on the requirements of the product, the cost of the development and (listen carefully, managers) the sanity and satisfaction of the developers on the front lines.
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.
Without recordkeeping, comprehensive resource management is impossible, making fact-based decision-making equally impossible. California faces a critical impasse where water use regulation is in danger of deadlock from a crippling lack of reliable and accessible information.
Spencer Williams, Water Sage’s Business Development Manager and Colorado water law expert shares best practices for evaluating water rights investment opportunities.
Jamie Stone, one of Water Sage’s Software Developers and resident data collection guru, talks about wrangling data, in particular public data and what he’s learned while building Water Sage.