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 of North Dakota in the Red River Valley Water Supply Project, a project designed to bring a much needed supplemental water supply to 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.
September 16, 2014
ND Water - At the 1889 North Dakota Constitutional Convention, renowned geologist John Wesley Powell cautioned observers, “…in the middle portion there will be a series of years with abundant rain and crops. There will also be years with significant less rainfall and
there will be failure of crops and disaster will come on thousands of people, who will become discouraged and leave…”
The idea of North Dakota experiencing water in abundance or, on the contrary, a scarcity of water for prolonged periods of time was not lost on Powell 125 years ago. North Dakota’s economy is inseparably linked with its vital land and water resources. Water is most abundant in the Missouri River Valley as the Missouri River accounts for 95 percent of the state’s surface water; however, a mere 1 percent of that water is utilized.
June 16, 2014
ND Water - An important feature of the Garrison Diversion Unit (GDU) Principal Supply Works, the Snake Creek Pumping Plant (SCPP), is undergoing a desperately needed makeover. The SCPP was constructed between 1968 and 1976, and nearly 40 years of service has taken a toll on the facility.
The SCPP is the primary facility for lifting Missouri River water from Lake Sakakawea to Lake Audubon to keep Lake Audubon at desired elevations for wildlife purposes.
May 20, 2014
ND Water - In mid-March, Duane DeKrey assumed his duties in Carrington as deputy manager for the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion). He was selected from a field of candidates after an extensive nationwide search. A search committee was commissioned by the Garrison Diversion board’s Executive Committee to conduct interviews and narrow the candidate list.