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Todd Sando
Todd Sando, P.E., State Engineer

Welcome To Our Website!

The North Dakota State Water Commission and Office of the State Engineer’s website is meant to provide easy access to information about one of North Dakota’s most important natural resources – water.

We hope you will use this website to learn about many of the water management issues affecting North Dakota’s citizens; or to access the tremendous amount of data we have made available to assist in your own water management and development efforts.

We will continually strive to make sure the information on our website is updated, accurate, and helpful to our constituents. If you have questions or comments about specific projects or topics, please go to Contact Us.

Notice Of Meeting

Notice Of Meeting
Notice Of Meeting

The State Water Commission and the State Water Commission’s policy committee will meet on February 9, 2016. Governor Dalrymple will convene the meeting at 2:00 p.m. and will adjourn at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Commission’s lower level conference room in Bismarck.

For information pertaining to the meeting, please contact Craig Odenbach at 328-4958, or E-mail.

Agenda and Meeting Information For February 9, 2016

Notice Of Meeting

Notice Of Meeting
Notice Of Meeting

The State Water Commission will meet on March 9, 2016 in the Commission’s lower level conference room. Governor Dalrymple will convene the meeting at 1:30 p.m. and adjourn at 5:00. The agenda will be posted at a later date.

For information, please contact Sharon Locken at 328-4940, or E-mail.

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.

2017-2019 Project Information & Planning Form

Bank Stabilization Project Benefit Summary Form

Recreation Project Benefit Summary Form

Flood Control Or Recovery Project Benefit Summary Form

Snagging & Clearing Project Benefit Summary Form

Water Detention Project Benefit Summary Form

Water Supply Project Benefit Summary Form

Cost-Share Policy

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

North Dakota's Water Permitting Process

The Office of the State Engineer has developed a water permitting fact sheet that provides an overview of North Dakota's water permitting process and related requirements.

Water Permitting Process Chart

North Dakota's Water Permitting Process Fact Sheet

Today's Missouri River

Today's Missouri River
Today's Missouri River

Is a full-color publication that provides general information on the Missouri River, particularly the North Dakota portion of the river. It discusses the benefits of the river, and summarizes some of the most pressing issues of the river system.

Click the image on the left to download.

North Dakota Water Resource Map

North Dakota Water Resource Map
North Dakota Water Resource Map

The North Dakota Water Resource Map is a 22 x 34 inch poster/map completed in 2015. It highlights the geography of the state's waters and several water development efforts.

Facts About ND Fracking And Water Use

Fracking and Water Use
Fracking and Water Use

The North Dakota State Water Commission has recently completed a new fact sheet entitled "Facts About North Dakota Fracking and Water Use."

The new fact sheet covers a broad range of topics related to oil production in North Dakota, with a special emphasis on water use and water appropriation issues.

Click the image on the left to download the fracking flyer, or paper copies can be requested by calling the Planning and Education Division at (701) 328-4989 or e-mail.

A Reference Guide To North Dakota Waters

Water Reference Guide
Water Reference Guide

This booklet provides general information about water resources in North Dakota. It is presented on a state-wide basis, as well as addressing the five major hydrologic basins that comprise the state. The information includes: surface water, ground water, and atmospheric water; water use; and many of the various problems, issues, and concerns involving water which face our state. If you'd like a printed copy please contact the Planning and Education Division at (701) 328-4989 or e-mail.

Click the image on the left to download.

2015 North Dakota State Water Management Plan

Water Plan
Water Plan

The North Dakota State Water Commission has completed the 2015 North Dakota State Water Management Plan. The 2015 Water Plan is available for download, or paper copies of the full Water Plan or Executive Summary can be requested by calling (701) 328-4989 or e-mail.

Thank you to North Dakota's water project sponsors and all water stakeholders who participated in the planning process. By providing information about your water projects to the Commission and/or participating in Commission-hosted basin meetings held throughout the state, you helped to make the 2015 planning effort a great success.

Click the image on the left to download.

Alternative Sources Of Funding For Flood Related, General Management And Water Supply Projects

Flood Related Funding
Project Funding Sources

The following inventory contains information about a variety of funding programs offered by various entities for flood-related, general water management, and water supply projects. This document is intended as a resource for local sponsors whose projects do not qualify for funding from the North Dakota State Water Commission, or for those seeking additional funding partners.

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Northwest Area Water Supply Project

NAWS
NAWS

The State Water Commission has developed a new brochure related to the Northwest Area Water Supply project.

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