NDPDES - Permits Program

The North Dakota Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPDES) Program, commonly called the Permits Program, was developed in response to the legislation of the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA). The program's 12 members administer municipal/industrial wastewater, stormwater, pretreatment, concentrated animal feeding operations and septic pumper regulations.

Marty Haroldson

Program Manager - 701-328-5234

Notifications & Updates

Article 16—Control, Prevention, and Abatement of Pollution of Surface Water Rules Updated (Click to Expand)

Updates to North Dakota Administrative Code Article 33.1-16 Control, Prevention, and Abatement of Pollution of Surface Water Rules became effective January 1, 2019. Updated chapters and department response to public comments are listed below.



Response to Comments

33-16-01 North Dakota Pollutant Discharge Elimination System NDPDES Response
33-16-01.1 Pretreatment Regulations Pretreatment Responses
33-16-02.1 Standards of Quality for Waters of the State
33-16-03.1 Control of Pollution from Animal Feeding Operations AFO Responses

NDPDES Permits

Animal Feeding Operations

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality is authorized to provide and administer Chapter 33-16-03.1 of the Administrative Code relating to the control of pollution from animal feeding operations under the provisions of North Dakota Century Code section 61-28-04.


EPA administers this program in North Dakota.


The goal of the North Dakota Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPDES) program is to provide a permitted structure in addressing wastewater discharged from point source facilities.  Individual and general permits comprise the regulated spectrum on providing specified minimum levels of treatment based on available and achievable water treatment technologies.

Pesticide Application

This program authorizes the discharge to surface waters of the state from the handling, use or application of pesticides provided the activity is in accordance with state laws and regulations, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the pesticide labeling.


The Industrial Pretreatment Program prevents the discharge of pollutants to Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) which will interfere with the operations of the POTW or its use and disposal of municipal biosolids.  In addition, the Pretreatment Program prevents the introduction of pollutants to POTWs that may pass through into rivers, lakes, and streams causing toxicity or other impacts.  Implementation of the Pretreatment Program is defined at 40 CFR Part 403.  These regulations describe the responsibility of the EPA, states, POTWs, and industrial users in protecting the POTWs, sewer systems, biosolids, receiving waters, and worker health and safety.

Septic Pumper

The septic pumper program regulates the use and disposal of domestic septage while protecting public health from unsanitary and unhealthful practices and conditions; and to protect surface waters and groundwaters of the state from contamination by septage. A person wishing to engage in the business of servicing septic systems must obtain a permit from the department.


The department regulates pollution from stormwater runoff from large municipalities and urbanized areas, industrial facilities, and most construction projects. Stormwater permits provide a level of treatment through planning and management that minimizes pollution in runoff from urban areas, construction sites, and industrial facilities.

Temporary Discharges

The department authorizes the discharge of relatively uncontaminated water from temporary dewatering activities such as the hydrostatic testing of pipes, tanks or similar vessels; disinfection of potable water lines; construction dewatering; and the treatment of gasoline or diesel contaminated groundwater.


Email List (click to expand) then click "Program" to sort

Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Anderson Carl cjanders@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5213
Becker Sarah WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-9151
Brazil Emily ebrazil@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5296
Delzer Alexis adelzer@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5282
Espe Brady bespe@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
Gilley Cameron cgilley@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5210
Gleich Casey ctGleich@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-4164
Gross Joe jlgross@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5292
Grossman Dallas dgrossma@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5242
Hanson Lawrence lawrence.hanson@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5291
Haroldson Marty mharolds@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5234
Harrison Kylee kharrison@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5187
Hite Nicole nhite@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-1676
Houle Brian bHoule@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5193
Hulst Annelise ahulst@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1377
Joynt Emily eJoynt@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5239
Kaiser Don dkaiser@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5151
Kritzberger Ryan rKritzberger@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-9035
Kruske Montana mkruske@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5172
McCauley Jenna Jenna.McCauley@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management
McGee Julia jmcgee@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1380
Miller Meridith meridith.miller@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5166
Nelson Amber amjnelson@nd.gov Water Quality Division 701-328-5210
Novak Emilee ejnovak@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5240
Olson Jaxsyn jaxsyn.olson@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1382
Rockeman Karl krockema@nd.gov Water Quality Division 701-328-5225
Schick McKenzie mschick@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5288
Schiwal Alyssa aschiwal@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5159
Schuett Patrick pschuett@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5235
Stockdill Scott sjstockdill@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
Strommen Rachel rstrommen@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5244
Suess Bill bsuess@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5216
Suggs Shannon ssuggs@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-6409
Waldron Feld Sarah sfeld@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5237
Wallery Paige pWallery@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5243
Wax Peter pwax@nd.gov WQ Special Projects 701-328-5268
Wert Joshua jewert@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5214
Wirth Cherreka cwirth@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-9166
Woutat Tanner twoutat@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5233