Regulatory Program: Other Regulations

Other Determinations refer to Stream Crossing and Watercourse Determinations.

Stream Crossing Determinations

The Office of the State Engineer (OSE) is responsible for performing “stream crossing determinations” if requested by certain political subdivisions or landowners. Stream Crossing Standards, which are outlined in N.D. Administrative Code section 89-14-01-02, were developed in the early 2000s by a cooperative effort between the OSE and ND Department of Transportation to ensure reasonable road design requirements for all road authorities regarding stream crossings. Stream Crossing Standards attempted to balance upstream, downstream, and road authority interests with proper roadway design. Stream Crossing Standards were also developed to provide liability protection for road authorities, their contractors, subcontractors, or agents and any individual firm, corporation, or limited liability company that install stream crossings and comply with Stream Crossing Standards.

Stream Crossing Determination Fact Sheet

Watercourse Determinations

The OSE is responsible for performing “watercourse determinations” if requested by a water resource district. Whether or not a “watercourse” as defined in N.D. Century Code section 61-01-06 is constituted has certain jurisdictional and legal implications.

Program Rules & Guidance

Administrative Code - Links to North Dakota Administrative Code “Article 89-14 – Public Highway Stream Crossings”

Century Code - Links to North Dakota Century Code “Title 61 Waters”

Century Code - Links to North Dakota Century Code “Title 24 Highways, Bridges, and Ferries”

Other Determinations Applications

Stream Crossing Determination Request (SFN 61885)

Watercourse Determination Request (under construction)

Additional Resources

USGS Regression Report

USGS StreamStats

NDDOT Design Manual – Chapter V Hydraulics Studies and Drainage Design


North Dakota Water Resource Districts

Regulatory Engineer Project Area Map

For more information please contact the Regulatory Division at (701) 328-2752 or e-mail.