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The DWR Bismarck office is now located at 1200 Memorial Highway, Bismarck (Bank of North Dakota Building). To make an appointment to meet with a team member, or if you have questions, please call (701) 328-2750.

The Current - June

The Current is a quarterly Department of Water Resources newsletter that provides the latest agency-specific information concerning water development, regulatory and appropriation efforts, water education, policy changes, Water Commission meeting highlights, and much more. We hope you find the content interesting, useful, and insightful.

June - The Current

ND State Water Commission (SWC) Has An Open Member Position For The Devils Lake Basin

The North Dakota State Water Commission (SWC) is looking to fill an open member position to represent the Devils Lake Basin. The term will begin immediately upon Governor appointment.

The primary function of the SWC is to review and consider cost-share requests from project sponsors seeking financial assistance from the Department of Water Resources. The SWC consists of the Governor as chairman, the Commissioner of Agriculture, and eight members from major drainage basins who are appointed by the Governor to serve six years each.

The SWC meets virtually and/or in-person for a Pre-Commission meeting in the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November. In the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December the SWC holds their regular Commission meetings in-person – typically at a location in Bismarck.

This person will serve the following counties: Ramsey, Towner, Benson, Nelson, Pierce, Rolette, Cavalier, Walsh, Eddy (very small section of basin sits in this county).

If you are interested in serving as the Devils Lake Basin representative on the SWC, you can apply here.

DWR Comments On Army Corps Dam Safety Modification Study For Snake Creek Embankment

DWR has provided comments to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the USACE’s Dam Safety Modification Study for the Snake Creek Embankment. To view the comment letter, click here.

2023-2025 Water Development Plan & Dashboard

For the first time, the Water Development Plan is presented in a web-based Dashboard for North Dakota’s broad spectrum of water stakeholders. The goal of the new Dashboard is to provide a platform that can be updated as conditions change over time - including the most up-to-date information on the over $1.7B in identified water infrastructure needs, current and projected revenues, purpose funding recommendations, and more!

Check out the 2023-2025 Water Development Plan and Dashboard here.

DWR 5 Year Strategic Plan

DWR developed a new 5 Year Strategic Plan to guide the deployment of resources toward key objectives, goals, and tactics that will remain a focus through June 2027. The new plan is also intended to help create awareness among the public and stakeholders about agency priorities.

Executive Summary

5 Year Strategic Plan

Water Availability Map For Economic Development

Check out the new DWR ND Water Availability Potential For Economic Development map! The purpose of this map is to provide a starting point for future water users who are considering North Dakota to site large-scale industrial or agricultural processing facilities.

Apply For Cost-Share Through WebGrants & FIND (Funding for Infrastructure in North Dakota)

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is now using North Dakota’s WebGrants online application system for Cost-Share Program applications. The funding opportunity within WebGrants is called FIND. Under FIND, applicants can also be considered for funding/loan opportunities through the Bank of North Dakota (BND), Public Finance Authority (PFA), and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

To learn more about applying through WebGrants and FIND, check out this tutorial video developed by DWR, BND, PFA, and DEQ.

Cost-Share Program

Water Commission Meetings

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June 8, 2023 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT) / Meeting Agenda and Material
(Completed Applications Due April 24, 2023)
Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol

August 10, 2023 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
(Completed Applications Due June 26, 2023)
Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol

October 12, 2023 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
(Completed Applications Due August 28, 2023)
Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol

December 8, 2023 / 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT)
(Completed Applications Due October 24, 2023)
Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol

Reminder – Only complete applications received at least 45 days before a Water Commission meeting will be considered at that meeting. All other applications will be held for consideration at a future meeting unless specifically exempted by the Director.

For information, please contact Shana Brost at (701) 328-4940 or by e-mail.

Pre-Commission Meetings

All meetings will be held via phone, and begin at 1:00 p.m. CT.
Call-in information will be provided when agendas are posted.

July 13, 2023

September 14, 2023

November 9, 2023

For information, please contact Shana Brost at (701) 328-4940 or by e-mail.

Year In Review