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NEW 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

The Current - August

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.

August - The Current

NEW 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.

Join Our Team! - Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

The DWR has a variety of exciting job openings. Please review the job links below and consider submitting an application!

State Floodplain Manager

Hydrologist Manager

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.

Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program

On September 1, 2022, the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program will be deactivated. The Department of Water Resources will not consider new applications after this date. Previously approved projects and their deadlines will not be affected.

N.D.A.C., Section 89-11 provides the Department of Water Resources the ability to provide cost-share assistance to livestock producers with water supply shortages caused by drought.

Eligible livestock producers in drought proclamation counties may qualify for up to $4,500 in cost-share assistance, for up to three projects, on the following items:

  • New water wells,
  • New rural water system connections,
  • New pipeline extensions, pasture taps, and associated works,
  • Contract labor, materials, and equipment rentals for work completed by the producer to develop new water supply projects.

For additional program details and application forms click here.

Water Commission Meetings

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October 13, 2022 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.(CT)
Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol

December 9, 2022 / 9:00 a.m. to Noon(CT)
Bismarck Hotel and Conference Center, Bismarck, ND

February 9, 2023 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: TBD

April 13, 2023 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: TBD

June 8, 2023 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol

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

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

December 8, 2023 / 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Bismarck Hotel and Conference Center, Bismarck, ND

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 Cheryl Fitzgerald 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.

September 15, 2022

November 10, 2022

January 12, 2023

March 16, 2023

May 11, 2023

July 13, 2023

September 14, 2023

November 9, 2023

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