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The Current Newsletter - April 2016 Issue

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.

Save The Date For Todd Sando's Retirement Celebration

Save The Date

June 22, 2016


Missouri River Events Center
North Dakota Heritage Center
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND

North Dakota Water Forum Video Available Now

ND Water Forum

On May 5, 2016, the State Water Commission hosted a Water Forum.

The Water Forum included two presentations. Greg Power, ND Game & Fish on ND 2016 Fishery Outlook, and Laura Ackerman, SWC on Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC).

State Engineer Todd Sando Announces Retirement

Todd Sando

Todd Sando announced that he will retire by the end of June.

“My time as State Engineer has been filled with phenomenal opportunities and monumental growth in water development, and successful management of water resources throughout the state,” said Sando. “Throughout my career, there have been many memorable projects and experiences. The record flooding events that took place in 2011, and the construction and operation of the Devils Lake outlets are certainly some of the highlights. I am immensely thankful to the State Water Commission and for the opportunity to serve our state and the citizens of North Dakota.”

To View The Full Announcement

Biennial Report Available: 2013-2015

Explore Your Watershed

The North Dakota State Water Commission (SWC) and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) recently released their Biennial Report for the period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. The SWC and the OSE have been publishing agency biennial reports since 1904. The report highlights key events, accomplishments, and other pertinent activities of the SWC and the OSE.

Click the image on the left to view the pdf file.

Project WET On-Line Registration

Explore Your Watershed

Join us July 10-15, 2016 in Bismarck for an opportunity to experience current watershed management and water resource issues on the Missouri River.

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.

Click the image on the left to view the pdf file.

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.

Click the image on the left to download.

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