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Livestock Water Supply Program Reactivated


All available funding has been allocated to projects. However, livestock producers are encouraged to still apply for cost-share, should additional funding be allocated by the Commission in the future.

Severe drought conditions impacting North Dakota cattle producers have led the State Water Commission to reactivate the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program.

Eligible livestock producers in drought proclamation counties may qualify for up to $3,500 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,
  • Labor, materials, and equipment rentals for work completed by the producer to develop new water supply projects.

The following counties are eligible to receive cost-share assistance at this time: Adams, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Pierce, Ransom, Renville, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Stutsman, Ward, Wells, and Williams.

Complete information on the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program can be found here.

Burgum Appoints Seven Members To State Water Commission

Governor Doug Burgum appointed seven members to the State Water Commission, bringing a broad variety of experience in flood protection, water supply and other water issues to the board.

The nine-member State Water Commission consists of Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring as an ex-officio member, and seven members appointed by the governor, with one member each from the seven major drainage basins in North Dakota.

Upcoming Water Commission Meetings

August 23, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
North Dakota State Water Commission's Lower Level Conference Room Agenda Material

October 12, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North Dakota State Water Commission's Lower Level Conference Room

December 8, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck

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

Economic Analysis RFP

The purpose of this Request For Proposals is for the development of North Dakota specific guidelines for economic analysis of water conveyance and flood control project benefits and costs; and development of a rapid assessment process/platform to establish benefit-cost ratios for water conveyance and flood control projects.

Water Supply Project Life Cycle Cost Analysis RFP

The purpose of this Request For Proposals is for the Development of water supply project life cycle cost analysis guidelines, and development of an assessment process/platform to calculate water supply project life cycle costs.

RFP Study Of The Feasibility And Desirability Of The Sale Or Lease Of The Industrial Water Supply Assets

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has issued a RFP for the study of the feasibility and desirability of the sale or lease of the industrial water supply assets of the Western Area Water Supply Authority and the financial impact to the Western Area Water Supply Authority, its members and customers, the financial viability of the Authority and options available to the Authority for debt servicing.

Amendment Number One

The Current - July

The Current

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.

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