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Second Round - SWC Hosted Meetings

Last fall, the State Water Commission conducted a series of meetings throughout the state to improve local participation in the water planning and budget development process as required by House Bill 1206 (NDCC 61-02-01.3). The other purpose of those meetings was to present our modified cost-share policy and project prioritization guidance concept.

The State Water Commission is now hosting a second round of meetings in September to:

  • Present the final cost-share policy and project prioritization guidance concept.
  • Provide a summary of the 2015-2017 water project inventory effort.
  • Encourage brief project summaries and updates from sponsors who submitted projects to the Commission as part of the 2015-2017 water planning process.

Schedule - Second Round - SWC Hosted Meetings

Public Hearing

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m. in the basement conference room regarding the attached Notice of Intent to Adopt, Amend, or Repeal Administrative Rules. The proposed rules are also attached.

Notice of Intent to Adopt, Amend, or Repeal Administrative Rules


Notice Of SWC Meetings

The next face-to-face meeting of the State Water Commission is scheduled for September 15, 2014 in the Commission's lower level conference room, Bismarck. Governor Dalrymple will convene the meeting at 1:30 p.m. Meeting Agenda

For meeting information, please contact Sharon Locken at 701-328-4940, or email at slocken@nd.gov.

Missouri River Stakeholders

Following the floods of 2011, there was renewed interest among Missouri River stakeholders to establish some type of grass roots organization in the Missouri River Basin. Since that time, and in the last year in particular, the Water Commission has helped facilitate meetings of Missouri River stakeholders to help identify a path forward.

Check out the Stakeholder's website to see what's new.


RRVWSP Alternative Route Engineering Study

Study Objectives... 1. Assess various pipeline alignments previously identified, and to identify and assess additional alignments that should be considered. 2. Assess the overall technical and permitting feasibility of a Missouri River intake and delivery of water to identified end users. 3. Assess the estimated project costs.

RRVWSP Alternative Route Engineering Study . . . (8 mb)

Cost-Share Policy Modification & Project Prioritization Guidance Development

The ND State Water Commission is currently in the process of making modifications to its cost-share policy, and developing a project prioritization guidance concept. Materials related to those processes are available for download below.

Cost-Share Policy (Revision Draft) May 29, 2014

Cost Share Spreadsheet

Cost-Share Policy (Current)

Written Comments

DRAFT All Comments Summary

DRAFT Comments Executive Summary

Project Prioritization Guidance Concept

Notice Of Decision On Dickey-Sargent Applications To Drain

Applications to Drain No.'s 4029 and 4030 were received by the Office of the State Engineer from the Dickey-Sargent Joint Water Resource District on April 17, 2012. The applications request surface drain permits for the development of the Jackson Township Improvement District No. 1 near Oakes, North Dakota.

This project was determined to be of both statewide and interdistrict significance by the Office of the State Engineer pursuant to NDAC $89-02-01-09, and therefore required a public hearing and further public review. On February 19, 2014, the State Engineer conditionally approved Applications to Drain No.'s 4029 and 4030.

Notice Of Decision Documents

Facts About ND Fracking And Water Use

Fracking & Water Use
Fracking & 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.

The fact sheet is available for download here, or paper copies can be requested by calling the Planning and Education Division at (701) 328-4989 or email dapetersen@nd.gov.

2015-2017 Water Plan Information & Forms

The State Water Commission (SWC) is in the process of developing a 2015 State Water Plan. During this initial project inventory stage of the planning process, project sponsors are asked to provide information on water-related projects or programs that may require SWC cost-share during the 2015-2017 biennium and beyond. Project sponsors should fill out one form for each project or program that they would like included in the inventory process. The deadline was April 18, 2014.

Water Rate Reporting Form

The Water Rate Reporting Form is used to collect information on domestic monthly minimum water rate, the volume of water provided under the monthly minimum, if any, and the cost per 1,000 gallons of water used. The water rate used to fill out this form should be the anticipated rate after the project is complete. The form must be returned to the State Water Commission by August 15, 2014.

Project Information and Planning Form (SFN 60440)

New for the 2015-2017 biennium - project sponsors that will be requesting SWC cost-share and have a project with a total cost of $500,000 or more are required to provide supplemental information related to project benefits per NDCC 61-02-01.3. Project benefit forms by project type are available to assist in this process.

Bank Stabilization Projects

Dam Repairs and Reconstructions

Flood Control or Recovery



Rural Flood Control

Snagging and Clearing

Water Detention

Water Supply

If you have questions, please call (701) 328-4989 to speak with Planning and Education Division staff members or email ndswmp@nd.gov.

North Dakota's Water Permitting Process

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

Water Permitting Process Fact Sheet

Water Permitting Process Chart

Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project