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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Isaac Orr, a research fellow for energy policy speaks with Kelly Bennett. Bennett is a Director and Managing Partner at Ponderosa Advisors LLC, a company that develops strategies and provides advisory services for energy, agriculture and water sectors. Ponderosa Advisors recently created a new program called Water Sage. This web-based mapping program provides efficient, user-friendly access to this data, helping users evaluate key elements of water rights. Bennett joins the podcast today to discuss water rights.
Bennett explains the current debate regarding water rights, water access and the policies that affect these topics. These debates can range from the legality of rain-collecting barrels to water rights in regards to real estate transactions. Bennett says theses topics can become very convoluted, but increased transparency helps in all cases. Orr and Bennett also discuss “Use it or Lose it” practices, what they are and how it causes a disincentive for water conservation.