Water Policy & Law

Jun 21, 2017

Funding Woes for Stream Gages Put Crucial Water Data at Risk

2017-06-21T12:48:13-06:00Jun 21, 2017|

Stream gages track data vital for water supply and flood protection. But hundreds of these devices have been mothballed because the U.S. Geological Survey lacks stable funding to keep them operating.WHEN IT COMES to managing water in uncertain times, few things are more important than knowing how much is flowing in the river alongside your [...]

Jun 20, 2017

Don’t Blame Water Markets for Trouble With Western Rivers

2017-06-20T13:21:24-06:00Jun 20, 2017|

When it comes to protecting the West’s rivers, water markets are not the problem, says University of Colorado law professor Mark Squillace. Instead, it’s our failure to protect the public interest.AS WESTERN STATES grapple with the best way to allocate dwindling water resources to meet multiple needs, water markets have emerged as one tool. But [...]

Jun 12, 2017

Oregon Carves a Path for Water Transfers in the West

2017-06-12T15:33:55-06:00Jun 12, 2017|

Water transfers are an important tool to make the most of limited water supplies, providing legal channels to lease and sell water that may be under-used. Oregon does this better than any other Western state.SINCE 1971, CRIS Converse and her family have relied on water from Oregon’s Whychus Creek to raise cattle and grow hay. [...]

Apr 19, 2017

Commentary: What Did We Learn from the CA Drought?

2017-04-19T10:35:54-06:00Apr 19, 2017|

This commentary was published in the Sacramento Bee on April 13, 2017. Governor Jerry Brown has declared the drought over. What did we learn over five years of drought that that could help us better manage the next one? The drought brought some hard lessons and gave us a glimpse into a challenging future. Record [...]

Apr 11, 2017

How do you value a water right?

2017-04-11T12:13:49-06:00Apr 11, 2017|

An excellent article by Brett Bovee in the Colorado Real Estate Journal explaining how to value water rights.A water right can be an important and valuable piece of a real estate portfolio. In some locations along the Colorado Front Range, the water rights can be worth more than the underlying land. But just like other [...]

Nov 16, 2016

SWIIM Presents at Groundwater Conference #farmwaterbudget

2016-11-16T11:59:36-07:00Nov 16, 2016|

SWIIM's @swiimsystem CEO Kevin France @kevinmfrance presented today at AGT conference in Denver. How water conservation plans can result in a win/win for all stakeholders.An excellent turn out.  SWIIM helps growers and water managers:1)  Optimize water budget planning2)  Implement best water management practices3)  Demonstrate efficient water use4)  Document baseline water use4)  Verify (audit) water conservation results5)  Ease [...]

Oct 13, 2016

Water Transfers Could Play a Vital Role in Meeting Water Demands

2016-10-13T11:34:21-06:00Oct 13, 2016|

Water management with an "ag-first" focus:University of Denver Water Law ReviewJennifer NajjarSeptember 5, 2016"With an influx of population and industries settling in the water-scarce West, combined with an increasingly arid climate, SWIIM could help evaluate and facilitate how society utilizes water transfers as a means of allocating a vital resource. This technology will enable stakeholders [...]