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Water Commission Building

In response to COVID-19, the Water Commission and Office of the State Engineer building is temporarily closed to limit public contact. Our staff is working diligently to continue business operations. Please call (701) 328-2750 or e-mail with questions.

Notice To Water Resource Districts

The Office of the State Engineer (OSE) has recently established 2 new policies regarding surface drainage permitting.

REG-2020-2 – Drainage Permitting Definitions (Effective February 21, 2020)

REG-2020-3 – Statewide or Interdistrict Significance Determinations (Effective March 13, 2020)

The policies were created to answer common jurisdictional and procedural questions regarding surface drainage permitting as well as address more specifically how the OSE views “drainage of statewide or interdistrict significance.”

If your water resource district has any comments, questions, or concerns regarding these documents, please contact the Engineering and Permitting Section at (701) 328-2752 or e-mail.

The Current - April

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.

The Current - April Issue

We hope you find the content useful and helpful.

Water Commission Meetings

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June 9, 2020 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pioneer Room, Ground Floor, Judicial Wing, Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

August 13, 2020 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Brynhild Haugland Room, Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

October 8, 2020 / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Brynhild Haugland Room, Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

December 11, 2020 / 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brynhild Haugland Room, Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

Reminder – Only complete applications received at least 45 days before a SWC meeting will be considered at that meeting. All other applications will be held for consideration at a future meeting unless specifically exempted by the Chief Engineer.

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

Subcommittee Meetings

June 1, 2020 / Project Planning Form Reviews / 1:00 p.m.
SWC Basement Conference Room, 900 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck
Meeting Agenda and Information

June 2, 2020 / Project Planning Form Reviews / 1:00 p.m.
SWC Basement Conference Room, 900 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck
Meeting Agenda and Information

July 16, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
SWC Basement Conference Room, 900 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

September 10, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
SWC Basement Conference Room, 900 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

November 12, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
SWC Basement Conference Room, 900 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

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