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ND State Water Commission

The primary responsibility of the North Dakota State Water Commission is to provide effective management of North Dakota's water resources. The Water Commission is governed by the following principles:


Vision

Present and future generations of North Dakotans will enjoy an adequate supply of good quality water for people, agriculture, industry, and fish and wildlife; Missouri River water will be put to beneficial use through its distribution across the state to meet ever increasing water supply and quality needs; and successful management and development of North Dakota's water resources will ensure health, safety, and prosperity, and balance the needs of generations to come.


Mission

To improve the quality of life and strengthen the economy of North Dakota by managing the water resources of the state for the benefit of its people.


Philosophy and Values

In the delivery of services to the citizens of North Dakota, we the employees of the State Water Commission and the Office of the State Engineer value fairness, objectivity, accountability, responsiveness, and credibility. We pledge to use professional and scientific methods to maintain only the highest of standards in our delivery of services to our constituents.


Agency Goals

  • To regulate the use of water resources for the future welfare and prosperity of the people of North Dakota.
  • To develop water resources for the future welfare and prosperity of the people of North Dakota.
  • To manage water resources for the future welfare and prosperity of the people of North Dakota.
  • To educate the public regarding the nature and occurrence of North Dakota's water resources.
  • To collect, manage, and distribute information to facilitate improved management of North Dakota's water resources.
  • To conduct research into the processes affecting the hydrologic cycle to improve the management of North Dakota's water resources.