North Dakota Water Laws & Policies

Follow the links below to get information on laws and policies regarding North Dakota water issues. For more information contact by e-mail or at (701) 328-4941.

Administrative Code

North Dakota Administrative Code (Title 89 - Water Commission).

  • Article 89-01 - General Administration
  • Article 89-02 - Drainage of Water
    • 89-02-01 - Drainage of Ponds, Sloughs, Lakes, or Sheetwater, or Any Series Thereof, and of Meandered Lakes
    • 89-02-02 - Drainge of Wetlands [Repealed - February 1, 1997]
    • 89-02-03 - Wetlands Bank [Repealed - February 1, 1997]
    • 89-02-04 - Drainage Complaint Appeals
    • 89-02-05 - Licenses for Emergency Drainage [Repealed - February 1, 1997]
    • 89-02-05.1 - Licenses for Emergency Drainage
  • Article 89-03 - Water Appropriations
  • Article 89-04 - Water Management Plans for Surface Coal Mining Operations [Repealed January 1, 2015]
  • Article 89-05 - Construction Dikes
    • 89-05-01 - Construction of Dikes Within the Floodplains of the Red River of the North and the Bois de Sioux Rivers
  • Article 89-06 - Funding From the Resources Trust Fund
    • 89-06-01 - Rules Governing the State Water Commission's Analysis of a Proposed Water Project or Study Seeking Financial Assistance from the Resources Trust Fund
  • Article 89-07 - Atmospheric Resource Board
    • 89-07-01 - Practice and Procedure [Repealed - October 1, 1994]
    • 89-07-02 - Weather Modification Operations
  • Article 89-08 - Dams, Dikes, and Other Devices
  • Article 89-09 - Wetland Restoration Permits [Repealed April 1, 2000]
  • Article 89-10 - Sovereign Lands
  • Article 89-11 - Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program
    • 89-11-01 - Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program
  • Article 89-12 - Municipal, Rural, and Industrial Water Supply Program
    • 89-12-01 - Municipal, Rural, and Industrial Water Supply Program
  • Article 89-13 - Northwest Area Water Supply Project
    • 89-13-01 - Northwest Area Water Supply Project
  • Article 89-14 - Public Highway Stream Crossings