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State Water Commission Welcomes 18th State Engineer

Garland G. Erbele
Garland Erbele

On June 1, Garland G. Erbele started at the Water Commission as its 18th State Engineer. The State Engineer serves as Chief Engineer and Secretary to the State Water Commission and is responsible for regulating the allocation of the state’s waters, dam safety, sovereign land management, and drainage.

“Garland Erbele’s proven leadership and technical expertise involving the management of major water resources will be a tremendous asset to the State Water Commission and to the state as a whole,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the nine-member Water Commission. “The Commission was determined to find someone who has the right experience and the strong skill sets needed to build on the great progress we’ve made in managing North Dakota’s diverse water resources, and we’re confident that we found that in Garland Erbele.”

Please join us in welcoming Garland Erbele!

The Current

The Current

The Current is a means of providing the latest agency-specific information concerning water development, regulatory and appropriation efforts, water education, policy changes, Commission meeting highlights, and much more. The Current newsletter will be produced on a quarterly basis.

We hope you find the content useful and helpful.

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SWC-Hosted Meeting Schedule

The State Water Commission will once again be conducting a series of meetings throughout the state from July 25-28. The purpose of the meetings is to facilitate local participation in the water planning and budget development process, and to provide a forum of communication between North Dakota’s Water Commission members, the general public, and potential water project sponsors. Agenda

Monday, July 25 at 3:00pm, Baymont Inn, 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan

Tuesday, July 26 at 9:00am, Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave NE, Jamestown

Tuesday, July 26 at 3:00pm, City Office Building, 800 4th Ave E, West Fargo

Wednesday, July 27 at 10:00am, Ramsey County Courthouse, 524 4th Ave NE, Devils Lake

Wednesday, July 27 at 5:00pm, County Administration Building, 225 3rd St. SE, Minot

Thursday, July 28 at 10:00am, Four Bears Casino, 202 Frontage Road, New Town

Floodplain Management Quick Guide In North Dakota

Floodplain Quick Guide

This Quick Guide will help you understand more about why and how communities in the State of North Dakota manage floodplains to protect people and property. North Dakota’s floodplain management programs have been active since 1981. Floodprone communities adopt ordinances that detail the rules and requirements of developing in the floodplain. In case of conflict, that ordinance and not this publication, must be followed. If you have questions, be sure to talk to your local planning or permitting office.

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State Water Plan Update

In preparation for the next budgeting process, the State Water Commission is in the process of developing an update to the 2015 State Water Plan – focusing on the 2017-2019 biennium and beyond. To make this process a success, the Planning and Education Division sent out letters in January to potential project sponsors from all across the state; asking for their help in identifying the water development projects and programs they’re trying to move forward, the timing of their implementation, and estimated costs.

As in the past, the input gained from local project sponsors and water managers will become the foundation of the State Water Commission’s budget request to the Governor and Legislature. Therefore, the information provided will ultimately help in the allocation of agency budget resources. Thus, we are interested in collecting information on water-related projects or programs that may require Water Commission cost-share during the 2017-2019 biennium and beyond.

Below are links to downloads for the 2017-2019 Project Information and Planning Form, Project Benefit Forms, and the current cost-share policy.

Deadline to submit is April 22, 2016.

Cost-Share Policy

Cost-Share Policy
Cost-Share Policy

The State Water Commission has adopted a policy to support local sponsors in development of sustainable water-related projects in North Dakota. The policy reflects the agency’s cost-share priorities and provides the basic requirements for all projects considered for prioritization during the agency’s budgeting process.

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State Water Commission Cost-Share Application Form

File Temporary Water Permits On-Line

This link provides access to our secure portal to complete the application for a temporary water permit on-line, and submit the necessary fees to complete the application process.

Temporary Water Permit Application