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SWC DRAFT Cost-Share Policy & Prioritization Guidance

The Draft Water Commission Cost-Share Policy, Procedure, and General Requirements, and the Draft Water Project Prioritization Guidance are available for review and public comment. Comments can be mailed to DWR at 900 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND, 58505, or emailed.

The 45-day comment period is July 1 through August 15, 2022.

DRAFT Cost-Share Policy, Procedure, and General Requirements (Marked-Up)

DRAFT Cost-Share Policy, Procedure, and General Requirements

DRAFT Water Project Prioritization Guidance (Marked-Up)

DRAFT Water Project Prioritization Guidance

2023 Water Development Plan - Inventory Review

A draft of the 2023-2025 water project inventory is available for review. Local sponsors are encouraged to look at the inventory to confirm the information related to their project(s) is correct. If updates or corrections are needed, please send those via email by August 15, 2022. If the information looks correct, no further action is necessary.

Thanks to all the project sponsors who participated in the inventory process!

DRAFT DWR 2023-2025 Project Inventory

DWR Seeking Public Input on Administrative Code Updates

The North Dakota Department of Water Resources (DWR) is seeking public input on proposed changes to N.D. Administrative Code (N.D.A.C.) Title 89. You can view the proposed rule changes below. A public hearing will be held August 11, 9:30 a.m. CST. The public can virtually participate in that hearing via Microsoft Teams here.

Full Notice of Intent to Amend Administrative Rules

Combined Administrative Rules Proposed Changes

2022 Commissioner-Hosted Basin Meeting Schedule

Each biennium, Water Commission members host public meetings within their representative basins per NDCC 61-02-01.3. The basin meetings provide a great opportunity for local water project sponsors and water management stakeholders to discuss a variety of topics. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend a meeting in their basin(s) of interest but are welcome to attend any of their choice.

2022 Commissioner-Hosted Basin Meeting Schedule

Commissioner-Hosted Meeting Agenda

The Current - May

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.

May - The Current

Join Our Team! - Career Opportunities

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

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

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.

August 11, 2022 / 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.(CT)
Pioneer Room, 1st Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol

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)
Ramkota Hotel, 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.

July 14, 2022

September 15, 2022

November 10, 2022

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