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Storm Water Program

Storm Water Program Coordinator:

  Dallas Grossman  E-mail

  Phone:  701.328.5242


  Luci Snowden  E-mail

  Phone:  701.328.5239


  Patrick Schuett  E-mail

  Phone:  701.328.5235 


  Dan Weber E-mail

  Phone: 701.328.5285


  Fax:  701.328.5200


     North Dakota Department of Health

     Division of Water Quality

     918 East Divide Avenue, 4th Floor

     Bismarck, ND 58501-1947


  Electronic Submissions:


CONSTRUCTION                                   INDUSTRIAL



A draft permit and fact sheet for general permit NDR10-0000, stormwater discharges associated with construction activity, is available for public review and comment.  The draft permit and fact sheet may be found by clicking on the corresponding links below.

     Draft Construction General Permit
     Fact Sheet 

The public comment period begins January 21, 2015 and ends February 21, 2015.  The department invites comments from the public regarding the draft permit and fact sheet.  Comments received by February 21, 2015 will be considered prior to finalizing the permit.  If there is significant interest, a public hearing will be scheduled.  Comments may be submitted to the department at the address below:

     North Dakota Department of Health
     Division of Water Quality
     918 East Divide Avenue
     Bismarck, ND 58501-1947

The finalized permit and fact sheet for general permit NDR32-0000 stormwater discharges associated with mining, extraction and paving material preparation may be found by clicking the corresponding link to the left.  Response to comments and other significant changes to the finalized permit may be found in Appendix C of the fact sheet.

Presentations from the 2014 NDWPCC Stormwater Workshop



Storm water runoff and snow melt pick up chemicals, bacteria, sediment, and debris from roads, lawns, construction sites, industrial facilities, etc.... This polluted runoff flows to storm sewers and directly to rivers, lakes and streams.  Urban areas have been expanding and more vegetated ground has been covered by pavement and other impervious surfaces which has lead to the increase in velocity of storm water runoff.  The increase in velocity of storm water runoff has been shown to increase surface water temperatures and erode natural drainage channels.  Ultimately, all these factors combine to damage aquatic habitat which in turn diminishes the capacity for water bodies to support our recreation practices and water supplies.

The North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Water Quality monitors water bodies in the state through the Surface Water Program.  This program uses the monitoring data to determine if a water body is impaired for a pollutant.   If it is determined that a water body is impaired, the water body is included in the ND 303(d) List which lists impaired water bodies along with their specific pollutants which have caused the impairment.  Please review this list if you would like to know if a water body in your area is impaired.

The intent of the storm water discharge program is to minimize the amount of pollutants in storm water runoff to improve water quality.  Most of the ways we prevent storm water pollution are through the use of best management practices.  There are many best management practice literature and guides found on the internet.  We have created an MS4 Resource List which contains many of these resources.  The MS4 Resource List can be viewed by selecting the WW Links button at the left side menu on this page.

EPA has a website that provides a great deal of information on storm water discharge best management practices and watershed management.  


Last Updated: 01/21/2015