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Underground Injection Control (UIC) permitting in the Delaware Basin
5/22/2019 | ABIGAIL MICHEL

Underground Injection Control (UIC) permitting in the Delaware Basin

In 2018, more than 400 permit applications for underground injection wells were submitted to the RRC; over 300 of which were for brand new wells. Although some of these wells are used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), most of them are purely for disposal. As of May 15, there have already been over 220 permit applications for wells submitted in 2019, of which, 200 are for new wells as opposed to amendments to existing permits.

Mitigating a Tragedy of the Commons
4/29/2019 | ROB BRUANT

Mitigating a Tragedy of the Commons

Currently, the predominant disposition strategy for excess produced water in the Permian Basin is subsurface disposal. Water is primary disposed into two shallow Permian-aged horizons within the Permian Basin: the Delaware Mount Group, associated with the Delaware Basin sub-basin, and the San Andres formation, associated with the Midland Basin sub-basin.

Machines Learn, Humans Think
9/23/2018 | SAMANTHA FOX

Machines Learn, Humans Think

Machine learning and artificial intelligence. These are the buzzwords of today’s world, where programs and algorithms are using machine learning and AI to track our habits, make inferences about our relationships, identify our photos, and predict what we might want next.

What the Heck is a P18?
8/13/2018 | SPENCER WILLIAMS

What the Heck is a P18?

Acronyms, abbreviations, and industry terms run rampant at B3.  We talk about RRC, UIC, SWD, H-10, DUC and the list goes on.  But, our conversations have been dominated over the last few months by one in particular – P-18.

Leverage Disposal Data to Develop a Better Strategic Plan
6/25/2018 | DYLAN WINBOURN

Leverage Disposal Data to Develop a Better Strategic Plan

Although the oil and gas industry is still recovering from one of the biggest declines in decades, there’s rising optimism and excitement about the potential for the Permian Basin to become the largest producing oil region in the world.

A Digital Response for Data Management in the Oil & Gas Industry
3/28/2018 | KYLE MORRISON

A Digital Response for Data Management in the Oil & Gas Industry

Recently, Bain & Company and GE co-released a brief called “Unleashing Digital”, recounting numerous ways that oil and gas companies are tapping into digital technologies to gain a competitive advantage.

2017 Year in Review
1/21/2018 | KELLY BENNETT

2017 Year in Review

During our first all company meeting of 2018, the team shared some year end wins including some exciting new customer acquisitions, product developments, and an overview of important initiatives we are pursuing as jump into the new year.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Security
11/17/2017 | AARON EDWARDS

What We Talk About When We Talk About Security

Web security has become more important and more tenuous than ever before. In this post, Aaron Edwards, Water Sage’s web developer, discusses the security ecosystem in today’s web, and outlines some best practices for keeping your computer safe and your data secure.

An Inside Look at Water and Fighting Fires
10/25/2017 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

An Inside Look at Water and Fighting Fires

Drought and bad fire seasons go hand-in-hand, and this summer is no exception. On August 11, 2017, Governor Bullock declared a fire emergency in Montana. On August 18, 2017, Governor Bullock declared a drought disaster in 31 Montana counties and six Indian Reservations.

Dipping Our Toe in At Denver Startup Week
10/2/2017 | DYLAN WINBOURN

Dipping Our Toe in At Denver Startup Week

Based on my wide range of experience, B3 is one of the most unique and fascinating web-based B2B information platforms I’ve ever seen.

Data science and the creek
9/10/2017 | SAMANTHA FOX

Data science and the creek

Samantha Fox, Water Sage’s Database Developer, discusses her rambling course to becoming a water data expert and how Water Sage is forging new paths to helping understand water and water rights.

The 9 Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Data
9/5/2017 | SAMANTHA FOX

The 9 Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Data

If you’re reading this, you have some interest in data. Welcome to my world! Though long seen as a geeky subject, data is becoming more embedded in all our worlds, and facility with it is a skill more and more people are expected to have

Data Is Integral To Understanding Hurricane Harvey
9/2/2017 | SAMANTHA FOX

Data Is Integral To Understanding Hurricane Harvey

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.

Water Rights Offer Glimpses Into Our History
8/15/2017 | CHRIS CARPARELLI

Water Rights Offer Glimpses Into Our History

Water rights tell the story of the American West and the generations of people who toiled to survive and flourish there.

Water Rights Consulting and Technology
7/14/2017 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

Water Rights Consulting and Technology

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.

Don’t Let Fear Of Change Hold Your Company Back
6/26/2017 | JAMIE STONE

Don’t Let Fear Of Change Hold Your Company Back

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.

UI Design is Hard, but Worth it
6/12/2017 | MIKE GATES

UI Design is Hard, but Worth 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.

To Open Source or Not to Open Source: that is the question.
5/12/2017 | AARON EDWARDS

To Open Source or Not to Open Source: that is the question.

Open source software.  Few topics in computer science are as charged with rhetoric and religion.  Bring up the issue in room full of developers or product managers, and you’re likely to cause a whirlwind of opinions and opposing philosophies.

Montana: should we look West to learn how to manage exempt wells?
5/6/2017 | COLLEEN COYLE

Montana: should we look West to learn how to manage exempt wells?

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.

Effective Water Data: The First Step in Proactive Management
3/24/2017 | MARK ZIMAN

Effective Water Data: The First Step in Proactive Management

Without recordkeeping, comprehensive resource management is impossible, making fact-based decision-making equally impossible.

A few thoughts about “water deals” in Colorado
3/9/2017 | SPENCER WILLIAMS

A few thoughts about “water deals” in Colorado

Spencer Williams, Water Sage’s Business Development Manager and Colorado water law expert shares best practices for evaluating water rights investment opportunities.

Public Data: A Data Collection Specialist’s Perspective
3/3/2017 | JAMIE STONE

Public Data: A Data Collection Specialist’s Perspective

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.

The Process of Minimal Process
2/17/2017 | MIKE GATES

The Process of Minimal Process

Mike Gates, Director of IT for Water Sage, discusses his software development methodology preferences – and why it works so well when developing stellar products.

Montana Water Bills Advance in Legislature
2/1/2017 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

Montana Water Bills Advance in Legislature

Nancy Zalutsky, Water Rights Specialist and Certified Paralegal, compiles the recent Montana water bills that are advancing in legislature. She also discusses ways in which you can track their progress and make your voice heard.

The New Water Court Decree in Montana’s Gallatin River Basin
1/27/2017 | COLLEEN COYLE

The New Water Court Decree in Montana’s Gallatin River Basin

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.

The Life of a Water Sage Software Developer
1/13/2017 | PARKER BURGESS

The Life of a Water Sage Software Developer

Parker Burgess, Software Developer, discusses what it’s like working for Ponderosa Advisors, developing code for Water Sage and building a platform that is transformative to the water rights community.

A GIS Analyst’s Take on Water Sage
1/6/2017 | ANDREW BRACHMAN

A GIS Analyst’s Take on Water Sage

Ponderosa Advisor’s in house GIS Analyst, Andrew, discusses how Water Sage has increased his productivity and changed his workflow so that he can provide more value to his internal and external stakeholders.

Looking Back At 2016 And What’s On Tap For Next Year
12/19/2016 | KELLY BENNETT

Looking Back At 2016 And What’s On Tap For Next Year

Kelly Bennett, Managing Partner of Water Sage, takes a look back at what the team has accomplished in 2016 and what we’re planning for 2017.

California’s Water Crisis: Could Texas Be Next?
9/23/2016 | SAMANTHA FOX

California’s Water Crisis: Could Texas Be Next?

Texas is facing many of the same challenges as California: drought, population growth, and groundwater depletion. California is in a state of crisis. And there is one aspect of California’s water administration that Texas shares: a patchwork approach to management.

Drops in the Bucket?
9/1/2016 | SAMANTHA FOX

Drops in the Bucket?

Rain barrels are in the news again in Colorado, the only state in the US where collection of rainwater is illegal. Many react with a question: why is rainwater capture, a strategy that seems aligned with a water conservation ethic, still illegal in a dry state that needs to conserve water?

Legislative Committee Welcomes Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Montana Water Laws
8/17/2016 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

Legislative Committee Welcomes Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Montana Water Laws

Montana’s Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will hold its next meeting August 29-30 at the Capitol in Helena – and it’s a critical time for water rights holders to become engaged.

Plan B on Banning Fracking: Stop the Flow of Water to Oil and Gas
7/6/2016 | SPENCER WILLIAMS

Plan B on Banning Fracking: Stop the Flow of Water to Oil and Gas

The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling on May 2nd that struck down bans and moratoriums on fracking has assured two things: one, a fight about fracking at the ballot box, and two, be on the lookout for other creative production-halting threats.

Hey Oil and Gas Companies, Are You In Possession of Illegal Water?
6/23/2016 | SPENCER WILLIAMS

Hey Oil and Gas Companies, Are You In Possession of Illegal Water?

What if an oil and gas operator purchases water knowing that the seller deceptively purchased it for agricultural use?

Where Are My Water Rights?
5/19/2016 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

Where Are My Water Rights?

You own a home with a well, some acreage with a spring-fed pond or a large agricultural operation with livestock and acres of irrigated hay.

The Evolution of Montana’s Water Adjudication Process
4/6/2016 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

The Evolution of Montana’s Water Adjudication Process

Learn how the Montana water rights adjudication started as a local, personalized process using field investigation and personal interviews, but evolved into a procedure involving a centralized system.

Montana Water Policy Has Challenging Rapids Ahead
2/11/2016 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

Montana Water Policy Has Challenging Rapids Ahead

Here at Water Sage, we wade into all things water, especially in Montana, where water leaders meet policy challenges head on.

MT Irrigators: Pivot Conversions Require Water Right Changes
1/11/2016 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

MT Irrigators: Pivot Conversions Require Water Right Changes

Converting flood irrigation to pivots and other sprinkler methods is a common upgrade on ranch and farm properties.

Status of Water Rights Compact with Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
12/22/2015 | COLLEEN COYLE

Status of Water Rights Compact with Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Find out why the compact reached by the CSKT, the RWRCC, and the U.S. for tribal reserved water rights was the most hotly debated bill of the 2015.

Why Realtors Should Care About Water Rights
10/12/2015 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

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.

Groundwater Depletion: Is Texas Draining Its Savings Account?
9/29/2015 | SAMANTHA FOX

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.

Homeowners Beware: 5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Property in Texas
9/28/2015 | SAMANTHA FOX

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 Challenges of a Statewide Water Plan
9/24/2015 | COLLEEN COYLE

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.”

Using Water Sage to Get a Better Farm Loan
9/17/2015 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

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.

Managing your water rights
9/2/2015 | SPENCER WILLIAMS

Managing your water rights

In the arid West, your water rights are a critical component of the land where you live, work, and play.

Finding the Orange Lining in the Animas River Spill
8/27/2015 | COLLEEN COYLE

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.

Should Montana Create a New Water Use Permit for Subdivisions?
8/18/2015 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

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.

What is a Colorado Water Right?
8/8/2015 | SPENCER WILLIAMS

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.

Water and Lending: Is Unsecured Water Secure?
6/29/2015 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

Water and Lending: Is Unsecured Water Secure?

Water is a crucial component of land value, yet has historically been overlooked in the appraisal and lending processes.

Water Sage June Update
6/2/2015 | KELLY BENNETT

Water Sage June Update

June is shaping up to be a busy month for the Water Sage team!

Need Land Value? Just Add Water
5/26/2015 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

Need Land Value? Just Add Water

Why should you go through the trouble of researching, preserving, and protecting your water rights?

Water Sage Texas Has Arrived
5/5/2015 | KELLY BENNETT

Water Sage Texas Has Arrived

Check out our Water Sage Texas page to learn more about the service. We are excited to release Texas in our new Version 2.0 platform.

CSKT Compact Dispute: What’s the Big Deal?
2/23/2015 | COLLEEN COYLE

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.

What Makes a Great Water Right?
2/21/2015 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

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 rights.

Where Did The Water Go?
2/13/2015 | NANCY ZALUTSKY

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.

Whiskey’s For Drinkin’, Water’s For Fightin’ Over
9/27/2014 | SAMANTHA FOX

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.

First Temporary Lease of Water for Energy Approved in Montana
6/2/2014 | COLLEEN COYLE

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.

Water in the Oilfield
5/5/2014 | KELLY BENNETT

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.