Our Mission:
To provide a reliable, high quality
and affordable water supply to
benefit the people of North Dakota.

Water for North Dakota

Water plays a vital role in the economic viability of North Dakota. The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is committed to securing a stronger future by providing a reliable, high quality and affordable water supply to benefit the people of North Dakota. Our focus goes beyond a dependable drinking water supply.  We also aim to provide opportunities for industry, the environment, agriculture, recreation, and development of our natural resources. 

Through several programs operated by Garrison Diversion, North Dakotan’s are seeing benefits. 

Reliable and high quality water can mean the difference between success and failure for small towns and family farms. Garrison Diversion works to ensure North Dakotans have access to reliable and high quality water through the MR&I Program. This program has $400 million authorized in federal funding to help water systems deliver quality water to homes, businesses and farms across North Dakota.

Garrison Diversion’s roots are in agriculture, and though we are now a multi-purpose project, we have not forgotten those roots. Garrison Diversion continues to invest in agricultural initiatives throughout North Dakota. Through valuable partnerships we are able to develop, expand and enhance irrigation efforts.

North Dakota’s natural resources are valuable and we work to maintain, enhance and protect them.  From wildlife habitat mitigation to the North Country Trail, Garrison Diversion plays a part in keeping North Dakota a beautiful and environmentally friendly place to live.

Recreation opportunities enhance quality of life. Garrison Diversion has been careful to set aside public land accessible to North Dakotans. We dedicate time and resources for developing areas for recreational use.

Garrison Diversion represents the state in the state and local Red River Valley Water Supply Project, a project designed to bring a much needed supplemental water supply to central and eastern North Dakota.

Operations and maintenance (O&M) is a fundamental part of Garrison Diversion. Garrison Diversion performs O&M on the Garrison Diversion Unit facilities. We employ a skilled workforce and maintain a large fleet of equipment to aid in the completion of O&M projects.

News Updates

Meeting Notice - Contract Review Committee

October 19, 2017

Notice of Meeting
Contract Review Committee

Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Garrison Diversion Headquarters

There will be a meeting of the Contract Review Committee as indicated above.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the guidelines and direction of the committee.


Garrison Diversion Sponsors Red River Valley Water Supply Project Conference

October 18, 2017

ND Water - October 2017

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is gearing up to host their biennial conference on November 7. The one-day conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. This year’s theme is “Red River Valley Water Supply Project: Investing in Our Future.”

The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) is a plan to safeguard water for North Dakota communities and rural water systems by providing about half of North Dakota’s population with supplemental water supply during times of drought. Water from the Missouri River will be delivered via buried pipelines to cities and rural water systems in central and eastern North Dakota. The RRVWSP will also provide opportunities for industrial development in participating communities.

The conference is open to the public and representatives from the 35 communities and rural water systems that committed to the development portion of the RRVWSP. Potential users are also encouraged to attend the informational conference. “We hope everyone interested in Garrison Diversion’s water supply priorities and the Red River Valley Water Supply Project will attend the conference. It will be great to get everyone together to talk about this important initiative,” says Ken Royse, Garrison Diversion chairman.

The conference agenda includes detailed sessions about the project’s scope, schedule, and financial considerations. Daryl Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN), will present on how NDAWN monitors drought conditions. Joel Heitkamp, host of KFGO’s News and Views and a former rural water manager, will host a panel discussion with high profile experts about the current state of water in North Dakota. There is no cost to attend the conference; however, attendees are encouraged to RSVP online at http://rrvwsp.com/events/ to ensure there will be enough conference materials and refreshments for participants.

The 35 communities and water systems that have provided initial commitment to the project include the cities of Carrington, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, East Grand Forks, Fargo (which includes service to West Fargo), Forman, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hannaford, Hillsboro,
Langdon, Larimore, Lisbon, Mayville, McVille, Park River, Tuttle, Valley City, and Wahpeton; as well as the Agassiz Water Users District, Barnes Rural Water District, Cass Rural Water Users District, Central Plains Water District, Dakota Rural Water District, Grand Forks-Traill Water District, Greater Ramsey Water District, McLean- Sheridan Rural Water, Northeast Regional Water District, Richland County Job Development Authority, South Central Regional Water District, Southeast Water Users District, Stutsman Rural Water District/Jamestown, Traill Rural Water Users, Inc., Tri-County Rural Water District, and Walsh Rural Water District.

For more information on the RRVWSP, visit the project website at http://www.RRVWSP.com. The RRVWSP can also be found on Facebook and Twitter by searching for @ RRVWSP.


Meeting Notice - Public Relations Committee

September 19, 2017


DATE: Friday, October 6, 2017

TIME: 11:00 A.M. or upon adjournment of the board meeting

PLACE: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
401 Highway 281 NE
          Carrington, North Dakota

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Garrison Diversion’s public relations matters.


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