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LiDAR Data Delivery Map Service

The State Water Commission, as a member of North Dakota's GIS Technical Committee, has recently developed new map services that are geared towards the dissemination of large datasets, particularly LiDAR elevation data collects. This will make distribution to the general public quite easy and available 24/7. Data can be downloaded by selections of tiles using individual, box graphic, polygon graphic, or by GIS polygon features. We intend to incorporate all large scale datasets as they arrive and currently have LiDAR collects for the Red River Valley (2009), Maple River (2003), Sheyenne River (2002), and Bismarck/Mandan (2009). Several more are in the works. The new map service can be found at: lidar.swc.nd.gov

For further information, contact Rod Bassler, GIS Coordinator, NDSWC at (701) 328-4998.


Map and Data Resources

This section provides access to related water resource information that is currently managed by the State Water Commission. The links under the Map and Data Resources section include links to active database resources managed by the Water Commission. If you have any questions or problems accessing these resources, please contact Chris Bader at (701) 328-2750, or by e-mail at Chris Bader


Construction Permits Provides access to available information on construction permits in North Dakota that pertain to various types of retention structures.

Drains Provides access to drainage permits in North Dakota.

Government Surveys The North Dakota State Water Commission and the office of the State Engineer are responsible for the preservation and dissemination of official government survey plats (GLOs) and notes for the State of North Dakota. Many of these documents are as old, or older than the State itself, dating back to the late 1800s through the early 1900s.

Ground / Surface Water Provides access to well data that is available in North Dakota. This includes site information, lithologic data, water level data, and water chemistry data.

MapServices The State Water Commission Map Services are a variety of internet map servers with various themes. Currently there is one general map service which uses the Water Commission's vast data resources such as water data locations, drillers logs, aquifers, and precipitation info to integrate with our spatial data holdings including aerial photography, geo-political boundaries, transportation, and hydrographic features.

Precipitation Provides access to rainfall reports by the Atmospheric Resource Board's Cooperative Observer Network. The network consists of approximately 800 observers that report rainfall during April through September each year. Rainfall reporting has been ongoing since 1977 and the data is available here.

Private Contractor Logs Provides access to the Board of Water Well Contractors driller's reports. Well Driller's Reports are required to be filed with the State Board of Water Well Contractors within 30 days after completion or abandonment of a well.

Published Maps Provides access to a wide variety of maps that have been produced by the NDSWC for both detailed studies and general use which might be of interest to the public.

Retention Structures Provides access to available information on dams, dikes, diversion structures, ponds, lagoons, and dugouts in North Dakota.

Tools The Water Commission has developed a variety of tools internally. Many users outside of the Water Commission have found these tools to be useful so they are available here.

Water Permits Provides access to available information for Water Permits that have been issued in North Dakota.