Department of Environmental Quality

The Department of Environmental Quality consists of five Divisions and numerous programs responsible for protecting the State's air and water resources, for ensuring the control of radiation, and the proper disposal of waste. Staff scientists, engineers, technicians, and meteorologists also provide technical assistance during environmental matters and emergency response efforts.

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality is to conserve and protect the quality of North Dakota's air, land and water resources following science and the law.

Our vision is a sustainable, high quality environment for current and future generations.

Department of Environmental Quality and EPA Vision Statement

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are committed to protecting and enhancing North Dakota's public health and the environment.

Our Values

  • We are public servants dedicated to public health and a high quality environment.
  • We are committed to using sound science and applicable law.
  • We believe economic development can be compatible with protection of public health and the environment.
  • We strive to be friendly and courteous as well as fair and compassionate in all our interactions with the public, other agencies or organizations and our coworkers.
  • We will be accessible and provide timely response to the public.
  • We prioritize transparency in our actions, accountability for our decisions, consideration of all concerns, and clear and consistent communication.
  • We focus on collaboration with all stakeholders.
  • We strive to enhance the economic and social well-being of our citizens.
  • We promote the conservation and recycling of our limited resources.
  • We strive to find the optimum solution to any challenge.