Commission Members

The State Water Commission (SWC or Commission) consists of the Governor as chairman, the Commissioner of Agriculture as an ex-officio member, and eight members who are appointed by the Governor to serve terms of six years each. The terms of office for appointees are arranged such that two terms and not more than three terms shall expire on the first day of July of each odd numbered year. The Commission appoints a Secretary (the State Engineer) as its executive officer, who employs a staff as needed to carry out the work of the Commission.

The State Water Commission was created by legislative action in 1937, as a result of the drought of the 1930s, for the specific purpose of fostering and promoting water resources development throughout the state.

The State Water Commission is located primarily in the State Office Building near the State Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota. In addition, the Commission has field offices in Fargo and near Minnewaukan.

Water Commissioners are appointed in each of the eight major drainage basins. A map of the corresponding basins can be found here. Commission members are listed below, along with term expirations and contact information.

Governor Doug Burgum, Chairman

Doug Burgum
Doug Burgum, Chairman
Governor of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-2200
Term expires: 12/15/2024

Doug Goehring

Doug Goehring
Doug Goehring, Commissioner
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-4754
Term expires: 12/31/2022

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson
Commissioner Michael Anderson
Lower Red River Basin
E-mail
(701) 430-0812
Term expires: 6/30/2027

Connie Ova

Connie Ova
Connie Ova
Commissioner Connie Ova
James River Basin
E-mail
(701) 252-6861
Term expires: 6/30/2025

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson
Commissioner Richard Johnson
Devils Lake Basin
E-mail
(701) 351-0193
Term expires: 6/30/2025

Gene Veeder

Gene Veeder
Gene Veeder
Commissioner Gene Veeder
Upper Missouri River Basin
E-mail
(701) 570-3392
Term expires: 6/30/2027

April Walker

April Walker
April Walker
Commissioner April Walker
Upper Red River Basin
E-mail
(701) 477-5526
Term expires: 6/30/2023

James Odermann

James Odermann
James Odermann
Commissioner James Odermann
Little Missouri, Upper Heart, & Upper Cannonball River Basins
E-mail
(701) 575-4767
Term expires: 6/30/2025

Jay Volk

Jay Volk
Jay Volk
Commissioner Jay Volk
Lower Missouri River Basin
E-mail
(701) 355-5550
Term expires: 6/30/2025

Jason Zimmerman

Jason Zimmerman
Jason Zimmerman
Commissioner Jason Zimmerman
Mouse River Basin
E-mail
(701) 833-0505
Term expires: 6/30/2023