February 23, 2015: CSKT Compact Dispute: What’s the Big Deal?

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.

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February 21, 2015: What Makes a Great Water Right?

A great water right is one that has the most potential to provide water, as opposed to a water right that looks good on paper, but does not provide very much water.  I have worked with Montana water rights for 20 years and in that time I have developed my own system for rating water […]

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February 13, 2015: Where Did The Water Go?

Don’t run for your shovel, shotgun or bulldozer when your ditch is dry. There are legal means to get the water running again. Montana law provides procedures to help you get your water. Nancy Zalutsky tells you how to determine who may have diverted your water and how to make them stop. Some methods work faster but they cost more and may not provide a permanent solution, while others will not give you water immediately but may resolve the problem for years to come.

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September 27, 2014: Whiskey’s For Drinkin’, Water’s For Fightin’ Over

Wrangling the data sets that you can so efficiently access in Water Sage is a full time endeavor for a whole team of people. From cleansing data to understanding legalities to creating intuitive visuals, our team brings order and ease to the world of water rights research. Read this first in a series of technical blog posts to gain some insight into our approach to all things data.

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June 2, 2014: First Temporary Lease of Water for Energy Approved in Montana

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.

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May 5, 2014: Water in the Oilfield

Water use in the oilfield is the center of one of the most contentious debates in energy. The complicated nature of the oilfield water lifecycle is a key reason for concerns about how much water gets used to produce oil and gas. This is the first in a series of posts in which we will shed some light on how water gets used in oil and gas production and how new technologies are changing the lifecycle of water in the oilfield.

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