North Dakota's Basin Framework

To improve delivery of water quality management programs, the SWQMP has recognized the need for a locally-led process to identify and address water quality restoration and protection issues in the state’s major river basins. In response, the SWQMP has developed the “North Dakota Basin Water Quality Management Framework.”

Vision: “to restore and protect the water quality and beneficial uses of the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands through an integrated basin management approach”

Mission: “to develop and implement an efficient and coordinated process for the delivery of water quality monitoring, assessment, restoration and protection programs, projects and activities in the state’s major river basins.”

Basin Map  Major River Basins


Basin Stakeholder Advisory Group (BSAG)

  Basin Organizational Chart

   Red River Basin Kickoff Meetings February 28, 2017 - Valley City - AmericInn

March 1, 2017 - Devils Lake - Lake Region Community College
Red River Basin
    Maps Red River Basin

Red River Basin Watershed Projects

    Meeting Documents & Presentations Stakeholder Meetings Summary

Stakeholder Meetings Presentation

James River Basin
Souris River Basin
Upper Missouri River Basin
Lower Missouri River Basin


Basin Technical Advisory Group (BTAG)
    Potential Members 
  • ND Game & Fish Department
  • ND State Water Commission 
  • ND Department of Agriculture
  • USF&WS

Phased Approach

Phase one of the planning process will involve development of a basin plan. The basin plan will be the key document used to:
1) describe resource conditions in the basin;
2) identify management priorities;
3) schedule implementation of priority projects; and
4) estimate financial needs for the 5 year period.



Additional Links

Click here for link to ND Nutrient Reduction Strategy Webpage administered by TetraTech


Related Materials

Nutrient Reduction Strategy Fact Sheet 

Nutrient Reduction Strategy Draft Outline