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2025 Water Development Plan

Local sponsors who will be seeking cost-share assistance from DWR for water projects in the 2025-2027 biennium, or beyond 2027, should complete and submit a Project Information and Planning Form . Please note, one form should be completed for every project submitted. Each project submitted will then be reviewed by DWR staff and Water Commissioners for possible inclusion in the 2025 Water Development Plan.

The planning process and planning form submittal is the first step in obtaining cost-share assistance, but is not considered a formal request for cost-share. For assistance with the form, contact Cory Drevecky in the DWR Planning & Education Division at (701) 328-4967 or e-mail .

For additional details, click here .

Join Our Team! - Career Opportunities

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

Hydrogeologist II

Temporary Field Technician

Hydrogeologist III

The Current - January

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.

January - The Current

New Water & Construction Permit Application Status Page

DWR has launched a Water Permit and Construction Permit Status webpage. The purpose of this new tool is to 1) allow water permit applicants to look up the permits for which they’ve applied, and to see where those permits are in relation to priority with other permits, and 2) for construction permit applicants to quickly find their permit application, view its status, and review other associated information. The application status webpage was created for greater public transparency to the DWR water appropriation and construction permitting processes.

To access the new permit status page, click here .

Know Your Aquifer

The goal of the “Know Your Aquifer” project is to help North Dakotans better understand concepts related to aquifers, groundwater resources, and their management and use.

As part of this effort, DWR will produce different educational materials once per month for six months. And, all of this information can be received via email! Emails will begin in January - to include fact sheets, graphics, photos, and videos.

Click here to sign up for Know Your Aquifer informational emails .

Estimated Economic Cost Of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)

The increased spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) in the region and the recent discovery of Zebra Mussels in ND waters prompted the DWR to undertake a study to evaluate the potential impact to water infrastructure within the state in response to the spread. This study looks specifically at the industrial infrastructure impacts to the state by region.

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

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.

June 13, 2024 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
(Completed Applications Due April 29, 2024)
Bank of ND / Lewis and Clark Rm #238

August 8, 2024 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
(Completed Applications Due June 24, 2024)
Bank of ND / Lewis and Clark Rm #238

October 10, 2024 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT)
(Completed Applications Due August 26, 2024)
Bank of ND / Lewis and Clark Rm #238

December 13, 2024 / 9:00 a.m. to Noon
(Completed Applications Due October 29, 2024)
Bank of ND / Lewis and Clark Rm #238

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

Meetings will be held via Teams and are scheduled from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Commissioners are welcome to join DWR staff in person if they would like at BND in the Lewis and Clark Rm #238.

May 16, 2024

July 11, 2024

September 12, 2024

November 14, 2024

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

Supreme Court's Sackett Ruling Will Free States To Deliver Clean Drinking Water

Atmospheric Resource Board Meetings

UPDATE - April 24, 2024 (Please note this meeting was moved from April 11th to the 24th.)
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CT) / Public Notice
Online via Microsoft Teams and Hardmeyer Hall, 1200 Memorial Highway, Bismarck, ND

November 12, 2024 / 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT) / Public Notice
Lewis & Clark Room and online via Microsoft Teams, 1200 Memorial Highway, Bismarck, ND

The ND Public Meeting Notices web application is utilized for posting the ARB meeting schedule. Once in the meeting system, under the dialog box Public Entity, click on "Atmospheric Resource Board, ND". You can get all meeting notices via email if you click the link "Subscribe to Email Notifications" and complete the subsequent form.

For information, please contact Kelli Schroeder at (701) 328-2789 or by e-mail .