Storm Water Program
Water Program Coordinator:
North Dakota Department of Health
Division of Water Quality
918 East Divide Avenue, 4th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58501-1947
The 2014 NDWPCC Stormwater Workshop will be held in
the spring of 2014. Check this website for updates.
Presentations from the
2013 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
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.