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Bismarck/Mandan Missouri River Ground Water Maps

Actual Depth To Water Table (7/12/18)

Actual Depth To Water Table (7/5/18)

Actual Depth To Water Table (6/28/18)

Actual Depth To Water Table (6/21/18)

Actual Depth To Water Table (6/6/18)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s increased releases from Garrison Dam to 60,000 cubic feet per second. This flow approximately correlates to a river stage of about 13 feet on the Missouri River in Bismarck/Mandan.

Map Disclaimer: The North Dakota State Water Commission does not guarantee freedom from errors or inaccuracies and disclaims any legal responsibility or liability for interpretations made from the map, or decisions based thereon.

July 12 - Notice Of Meeting

Notice Of Meeting

On July 12, starting at 2:00 p.m. the State Water Commission will hold a telecom meeting. The call in information is on the top of the agenda.

For information, please contact Cheryl Fitzgerald at the Water Commission (701) 328-4940 or by e-mail.

2018 SWC-Hosted Meetings

The State Water Commission will be conducting a series of meetings throughout the state in July to facilitate local participation in the water development planning process per NDCC § 61-02-01.3. The meetings will be located within the state’s seven major drainage basins, including the upper and lower Red River, James River, Mouse River, upper and lower Missouri River, and Devils Lake basins.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting locations, dates, and times (Printable Schedule)

July 23, 2018 / 3:00 p.m.
Mouse River Basin, County Administration Building, Rooms 106 and 108
225 3rd St SE, Minot

July 24, 2018 / 9:00 a.m.
Upper Missouri River Basin, Williston Research Extension Center, Ernie French Center
14120 Highway 2, Williston

July 25, 2018 / 10:00 a.m.
Upper Red River Basin, Gaukler Family Wellness Center, Room 207
733 8th Ave SW, Valley City

Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program

NDAC, Section 89-11 provides the State Water Commission the ability to provide cost-share assistance to livestock producers with water supply shortages caused by drought.

Eligible livestock producers in drought proclamation counties may qualify for up to $3,500 in cost-share assistance, for up to three projects, on the following items:

  • New water wells,
  • New rural water system connections,
  • New pipeline extensions, pasture taps, and associated works,
  • Labor, materials, and equipment rentals for work completed by the producer to develop new water supply projects.

The following counties are eligible to receive cost-share assistance at this time: Adams, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Pierce, Ransom, Renville, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Stutsman, Ward, Wells, and Williams.

For more information, please visit Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program.

Notice Of Decision

On Application For Surface Drain No.4757 Lovell Improvement Project

Take Notice that Application for Surface Drain No. 4757, submitted by the Lovell Improvement Project, LLC for the Lovell Improvement Project (Project), was conditionally approved by the State Engineer on June 11, 2018. The Project consists of a 9-mile main ditch and an additional 9-miles of lateral drains to remove surface and subsurface water from areas in Dickey and Sargent Counties, east of Ludden, ND. Operation of the Project will be controlled by the Lovell Improvement Project, LLC as described in their Operation and Maintenance Plan dated February 3, 2017. The Project will work in conjunction with a township road raise or dam located on 98th Street SE between Sections 10 and 11, Township 129 North, Range 59 West, Lovell Township, Dickey County, to divert sheetwater for low-flow runoff events and subsurface water management systems to the James River.

The State Engineer’s decision may be viewed at the Office of the State Engineer, 900 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505 or you can download them here. A copy may also be requested by writing to the above address or by e-mail.

A hearing may be requested within thirty days of the date of service of the State Engineer’s decision. A valid request for a hearing must be received in writing by July 19, 2018; must specifically state facts from which it is evident the person requesting the hearing is factually aggrieved by the State Engineer’s decision; and must state what material facts or conclusions are believed to be erroneous and why they are believed to be erroneous (North Dakota Administrative Code § 89-02-01-09.6).

Low Head Dams

Low head dams are usually simple concrete or rock masonry structures that span the width of the river or stream, raising the water level behind them until it reaches a height sufficient to flow over the dam. These low head dams can create dangerous conditions that recreational river users may not be aware of or may underestimate. Under the right conditions, water flowing over the dam can cause a “roller effect” on the downstream side of the dam. Strong recirculating currents can trap and drown boaters, swimmers, or other water users. More information regarding safety at dams is available at the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.

Over, Under, Gone: The Killer in Our Rivers (Video Link)

Hazards of Low Head Dams (Video Link)

Known Low Head Dams In North Dakota (Updated May 2018)

Known Low Head Dams In North Dakota (Google Earth)

If you are aware of any low head dams that are not included on this map, please contact Alexis Cook, Dam Safety Engineer at (701) 328-4960 or e-mail.

Low Head Dam Sign

Because low head dams are known to be dangerous, the State Water Commission is providing free cautionary safety signs to the owners of these dams that may be in your area. We will provide up to two signs per dam, free of charge. However, installation efforts will be a local responsibility. For more information on these free dam safety signs, please call (701) 328-2760 or e-mail.

Upcoming Water Commission Meetings

In order to access the bookmark function for the agendas, please view this document via a Firefox browser or download it and view in Adobe Acrobat.

August 9, 2018 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Couteau Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol, Bismarck

October 11, 2018 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Brynhild Haugland Room, State Capitol, Bismarck

December 7, 2018 / 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck

2019 Water Commission Meetings

February 14, 2019 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

April 9, 2019 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

June 13, 2019 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

August 8, 2019 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

October 10, 2019 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

December 6, 2019 / 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck

For information, please contact Cheryl Fitzgerald at the Water Commission (701) 328-4940 or by e-mail.

The Current - July

The Current

The Current is a quarterly Water Commission and Office of the State Engineer newsletter that provides the latest agency-specific information concerning water development, regulatory and appropriation efforts, water education, policy changes, Commission meeting highlights, and much more.

We hope you find the content useful and helpful.