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Livestock Water Supply Program Reactivated


All available funding has been allocated to projects. However, livestock producers are encouraged to still apply for cost-share, should additional funding be allocated by the Commission in the future.

Severe drought conditions impacting North Dakota cattle producers have led the State Water Commission to reactivate the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program.

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.

Complete information on the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program can be found here.


TAKE NOTICE that Application to Drain No. 5003, submitted by the Barnes County Water Resource Board for the Hobart Lake Outlet, was conditionally approved by the State Engineer on October 13, 2017. The project consists of construction of approximately three-quarters of a mile of buried, 24-inch diameter HDPE pipe and over a half-mile of channel improvements to remove excess water from Hobart Lake, with the drain outlet discharging into an unnamed watercourse in the NW ¼ SW ¼, Section 24, Hobart Township. The project will be regulated by the combination of a control structure and an operation and maintenance plan to both maintain allowable water quality standards and avoid adverse flooding impacts on the Sheyenne River.

The State Engineer’s decision may be viewed at the Office of the State Engineer, 900 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505 or on the State Engineer’s website at www.swc.nd.gov. A copy may also be requested by writing to the above address or by emailing swcregpermits@nd.gov.

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 November 17, 2017; 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).

Notice of Decision mailed to parties of record (download at the following link): http://swc.nd.gov:8000/_1tj9lzwVU9ohFR This link will expire after 60 days.

Entire permit record (download at the following link): http://swc.nd.gov:8000/_UhoEkGpoR9QhZR This link will expire after 60 days.

Upcoming Water Commission Meetings

December 8, 2017 – 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.

Burgum Appoints Seven Members To State Water Commission

Governor Doug Burgum appointed seven members to the State Water Commission, bringing a broad variety of experience in flood protection, water supply and other water issues to the board.

The nine-member State Water Commission consists of Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring as an ex-officio member, and seven members appointed by the governor, with one member each from the seven major drainage basins in North Dakota.

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