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Water Commission Building

The Water Commission and Office of the State Engineer building is open to the public by appointment only.
Call (701) 328-2750 with questions.

New Construction Permitting Policy

The Office of the State Engineer (OSE) has recently established a new policy regarding water management considerations for construction permitting.

The policy, known as REG-2020-1 Construction Permit Water Management, became effective on October 27, 2020, and clarifies the State Engineer’s philosophy regarding water management regulation in North Dakota, as specified for the purposes of obtaining a construction permit under North Dakota Century Code (N.D.C.C.) section 61-16.1-38 and North Dakota Administrative Code (N.D.A.C) article 89-08.

The new policy can be found on out Construction Permit page.

NDRAM Tutorial Video

Video Clip

The Water Commission recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the successful launch of the flood-risk data tool, North Dakota Risk Assessment MapService (NDRAM). NDRAM was specifically designed as a one-stop shop resource for flood risk information. The SWC is pleased to announce the production of a NDRAM tutorial video to assist and support users. This video provides a step-by-step guide on how to navigate NDRAM and aid in accessing the useful data.

The Current - October

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

October - The Current

Water Commission Meetings

In order to access the bookmark function for the agendas, please view this document via a Firefox browser or download it and view in Adobe Acrobat.

December 11, 2020 / 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Via phone. Call-in information will be provided when agenda is posted.

All 2021 Water Commission meetings will begin at 1:00 pm CT and be held via phone until further notice*
Call-in information will be provided when agenda is posted.

February 11, 2021

April 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

August 12, 2021

October 14, 2021

*December 10, 2021 / 9:00 a.m.
Ramkota Hotel, pending COVID restrictions

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

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

Subcommittee Meetings

Finance, Planning, and Budget Subcommittee Meeting
November 30, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
Agenda and Call-In Information

All 2021 subcommittee meetings will begin at 1:00 pm CT and be held via phone until further notice*
Call-in information will be provided when agenda is posted.

January 14, 2021

March 11, 2021

May 13, 2021

July 8, 2021

September 9, 2021

November 10, 2021

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