North Dakota Water Programs

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What are the different types of water quality programs in North Dakota?

North Dakota’s Department of Health, Division of Water Quality works to safeguard water quality for all uses. Programs within the Division deal with various aspects of protecting the quality of water resources. Enforcement of state and federal environmental laws is accomplished through permitting, inspection, sampling, analytical services and monitoring activities. The major responsibilities of the Division include the Ground Water Protection Program, the Waste Water Program, the Surface Water Protection Program, and special projects.


The North Dakota State Water Commission is responsible for providing effective management of North Dakota's water resources. The commission recently completed the 2009 State Water Management Plan.


The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute was founded by authority of Congress as one of 54 Institutes throughout the nation and is administered through the United States Geological Survey. This Institute conducts research in water-resource related areas in the State of North Dakota.


What watershed management programs exist in North Dakota?

The US Forest Service has a Cooperative Watershed Program that is responsible for preventing damage from erosion, floodwater and sediment, furthering the conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water, and furthering the conservation and proper utilization of the land.


The US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) oversees the Small Watershed Program-PL-566 which works through local government sponsors to help participants solve natural resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis. Projects include watershed protection, flood prevention, erosion and sediment control, water supply, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, wetlands creation and restoration, and public recreation in watersheds of 250,000 or fewer acres.


North Dakota’s Department of Health TMDL/Watershed Liaison Program was created to develop TMDLs and make support easier to access for groups interested in sponsoring TMDLs and those currently involved with a watershed project.


Where can I find tools and resources for managing North Dakota’s waters?

The USGS North Dakota Science Center provides a wealth of information regarding North Dakota's rivers, streams, and lakes, including information about ground water and water quality.


North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association is a non-profit, independent corporation that exists to enhance the quality of life in small communities by providing training, technical assistance, and representation to public water and wastewater utilities, while maintaining environmental integrity.


What different types of financial assistance is available for North Dakota’s water programs?

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program was authorized by the U.S. Congress through Title VI of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as amended in 1987. The Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide federal funds to the states to capitalize State Revolving Funds (SRFs). The following types of projects are eligible for SRF funding:

  • Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Sewer Rehabilitation
  • Sludge Management
  • Nonpoint Source Activities
  • Storm Water Control
  • CSO Abatement
  • Toxics Management
  • Collection Systems (Existing Communities Only)


North Dakota’s Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) assists public water systems (PWSs) in financing the costs of drinking water infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and to protect public health.


Section 319 funds in North Dakota are awarded to local projects addressing nonpoint source pollution, through a competitive grant application process.


North Dakota’s Livestock Waste Management System Loan Program was developed to reduce and/or prevent water quality impacts associated with livestock waste by providing low interest financial assistance to livestock producers installing waste management facilities.