Commission Members

The State Water Commission (SWC or Commission) consists of the Governor as chairman, the Commissioner of Agriculture as an ex-officio member, and seven members who are appointed by the Governor to serve terms of six years each. The terms of office for appointees are arranged such that two terms and not more than three terms shall expire on the first day of July of each odd numbered year. The Commission appoints a Secretary (the State Engineer) as its executive officer, who employs a staff as needed to carry out the work of the Commission.

The State Water Commission was created by legislative action in 1937, as a result of the drought of the 1930s, for the specific purpose of fostering and promoting water resources development throughout the state.

The State Water Commission is located primarily in the State Office Building near the State Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota. In addition, the Commission has field offices in Fargo and near Minnewaukan.

Water Commission members are listed below, along with their term expiration.

Governor Doug Burgum, Chairman


Doug Burgum, Chairman
Governor of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-2200
Term expires: 12/31/2020

Doug Goehring


Doug Goehring, Commissioner
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-4754
Term expires: 12/31/2017

Arne Berg


Arne Berg, Commissioner
305 Dickinson Drive SE
Devils Lake, ND 58301
(701) 662-6090
Term expires: 6/30/2017

Maurice V. Foley


Maurice V. Foley, Commissioner
1115 18 1/2 Avenue SW
Minot, ND 58701
(701) 838-2731
Term expires: 6/30/2017

Larry L. Hanson


Larry L. Hanson, Commissioner
500 Nelson Place
Bismarck, ND 58503
(701) 751-7887
Term expires: 6/30/2017

George Nodland


George Nodland, Commissioner
3296 110v Avenue SW
Dickinson, ND 58601
(701) 290-9232
Term expires: 6/30/2021

Harley Swenson


Harley Swenson, Commissioner
8301 Highway 1804 South
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 223-8620
Term expires: 6/30/2021

Robert Thompson


Robert Thompson, Commissioner
14253 19th Street SE
Page, ND 58064
(701) 668-2760
Term expires: 6/30/2019

Douglas Vosper


Douglas Vosper, Commissioner
10540 Highway 18
Neche, ND 58265
(701) 886-7735 (business)
Term expires: 6/30/2019