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State Water Commission Welcomes 18th State Engineer

Garland G. Erbele
Garland Erbele

On June 1, Garland G. Erbele started at the Water Commission as its 18th State Engineer. The State Engineer serves as Chief Engineer and Secretary to the State Water Commission and is responsible for regulating the allocation of the state’s waters, dam safety, sovereign land management, and drainage.

“Garland Erbele’s proven leadership and technical expertise involving the management of major water resources will be a tremendous asset to the State Water Commission and to the state as a whole,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the nine-member Water Commission. “The Commission was determined to find someone who has the right experience and the strong skill sets needed to build on the great progress we’ve made in managing North Dakota’s diverse water resources, and we’re confident that we found that in Garland Erbele.”

Please join us in welcoming Garland Erbele!

Notice Of Meeting

Notice Of Meeting

The State Water Commission will hold a meeting on July 6, 2016 at the State Water Commission offices in the lower level conference room. Governor Dalrymple will convene the meeting at 1:30 p.m. and adjournment at 5:00 p.m. The agenda and supporting material will be posted at a later date.

For additional information, contact Sharon Locken at (701) 328-4940 or Email.

The Current Newsletter - April 2016 Issue

The Current
The Current

The Current is a means of providing the latest agency-specific information concerning water development, regulatory and appropriation efforts, water education, policy changes, Commission meeting highlights, and much more. The Current newsletter will be produced on a quarterly basis.

We hope you find the content useful and helpful.

The Current will be available via email or in paper form through the mail. Please send an email to The Current stating which version you would like to receive.

North Dakota Water Forum Video Available Now

ND Water Forum

On May 5, 2016, the State Water Commission hosted a Water Forum.

The Water Forum included two presentations. Greg Power, ND Game & Fish on ND 2016 Fishery Outlook, and Laura Ackerman, SWC on Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC).

State Engineer Todd Sando Announces Retirement

Todd Sando

Todd Sando announced that he will retire by the end of June.

“My time as State Engineer has been filled with phenomenal opportunities and monumental growth in water development, and successful management of water resources throughout the state,” said Sando. “Throughout my career, there have been many memorable projects and experiences. The record flooding events that took place in 2011, and the construction and operation of the Devils Lake outlets are certainly some of the highlights. I am immensely thankful to the State Water Commission and for the opportunity to serve our state and the citizens of North Dakota.”

To View The Full Announcement

Biennial Report Available: 2013-2015

Explore Your Watershed

The North Dakota State Water Commission (SWC) and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) recently released their Biennial Report for the period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. The SWC and the OSE have been publishing agency biennial reports since 1904. The report highlights key events, accomplishments, and other pertinent activities of the SWC and the OSE.

Click the image on the left to view the pdf file.

Project WET On-Line Registration

Explore Your Watershed

Join us July 10-15, 2016 in Bismarck for an opportunity to experience current watershed management and water resource issues on the Missouri River.

Floodplain Management Quick Guide In North Dakota

Floodplain Quick Guide

This Quick Guide will help you understand more about why and how communities in the State of North Dakota manage floodplains to protect people and property. North Dakota’s floodplain management programs have been active since 1981. Floodprone communities adopt ordinances that detail the rules and requirements of developing in the floodplain. In case of conflict, that ordinance and not this publication, must be followed. If you have questions, be sure to talk to your local planning or permitting office.

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State Water Plan Update

In preparation for the next budgeting process, the State Water Commission is in the process of developing an update to the 2015 State Water Plan – focusing on the 2017-2019 biennium and beyond. To make this process a success, the Planning and Education Division sent out letters in January to potential project sponsors from all across the state; asking for their help in identifying the water development projects and programs they’re trying to move forward, the timing of their implementation, and estimated costs.

As in the past, the input gained from local project sponsors and water managers will become the foundation of the State Water Commission’s budget request to the Governor and Legislature. Therefore, the information provided will ultimately help in the allocation of agency budget resources. Thus, we are interested in collecting information on water-related projects or programs that may require Water Commission cost-share during the 2017-2019 biennium and beyond.

Below are links to downloads for the 2017-2019 Project Information and Planning Form, Project Benefit Forms, and the current cost-share policy.

Deadline to submit is April 22, 2016.

Cost-Share Policy

Cost-Share Policy
Cost-Share Policy

The State Water Commission has adopted a policy to support local sponsors in development of sustainable water-related projects in North Dakota. The policy reflects the agency’s cost-share priorities and provides the basic requirements for all projects considered for prioritization during the agency’s budgeting process.

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State Water Commission Cost-Share Application Form

File Temporary Water Permits On-Line

This link provides access to our secure portal to complete the application for a temporary water permit on-line, and submit the necessary fees to complete the application process.

Temporary Water Permit Application