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Notice Of Meetings

September 21 - Subcommittee Meeting

A subcommittee of the State Water Commission will meet on September 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commission’s second floor conference room, 900 East Boulevard, Bismarck, ND, for the purpose of reviewing the North Dakota State Engineer’s compensation.

For information relating to the meeting, please contact Sharon Locken, or call (701) 328-4940.

September 21 - Cost-Share Policy Committee Meeting

The State Water Commission’s cost-share policy committee will hold a meeting on September 21, 2016, convening at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission’s lower level conference room, and adjourning at approximately 5:00 p.m. Meeting Agenda

For information relating to the cost-share policy meeting, please contact Craig Odenbach, or call (701) 328-2752.

September 22 - Legislative Interim Water Topics Overview Committee Meeting

The State Water Commission and the Legislative Interim Water Topics Overview Committee have scheduled a joint meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the State Capitol in the Brynhild Haugland Room, Bismarck.

For meeting information, contact Garland Erbele, State Engineer, or call (701) 328-4940. Meeting Agenda

October 12 - State Water Commission Meeting

The State Water Commission will hold a meeting on October 12, 2016 in the Commission’s lower level conference room. Governor Dalrymple will convene the meeting at 1:00 p.m., with adjournment at approximately 5:00 p.m. The meeting agenda and supporting material will be posted at a later date.

For information relating to the meeting, please contact Sharon Locken, or call (701) 328-4940.

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.

The Current will be available via email or in paper form through the mail. Please send an email to The Current stating which version you would like to receive.

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