AFO/CAFO Permits

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has the statutory responsibility to control the pollution of surface waters, groundwaters, and the air of the state. Water Quality Standards have been developed and adopted for the surface waters of North Dakota, as provided by the Water Quality Act of 1965. An extensive Water Pollution Control Act, addressing among other things the control of livestock waste, was adopted by the 1967 state legislature. The Rules and Regulations for the Control of Pollution from Certain Livestock Enterprises were first issued in 1972 by the State Health Department and updated in 1989 and 2005. 

State law prohibits the following practices.

  1. Feeding of livestock on ice.

  2. Feeding of livestock or handling livestock waste in any way that would allow the waste to directly enter or be washed into these waters of the state by runoff from rain or snow melt.

Do I Need A Permit? - This document is currently being revised. It will be available upon completion.

AFO Comparison Chart - This document is currently being revised. It will be available upon completion.

Application Form

Recycling Manure

Livestock waste (Manure) is a valuable resource when used properly. It provides essential nutrients, organic matter, and moisture to cropland. However, these nutrients, which are so beneficial to crops and soils, can have detrimental effects when carried into surface waters or groundwater. In surface waters, they may cause large growths of algae (algal blooms), resulting in fish kills and decreased recreational opportunities. Nutrients in groundwater may contaminate drinking water wells. Our challenge then is to use livestock waste as a resource for food production, but prevent it from polluting surface or groundwater resources.

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation County and Township Zoning Regulations

Zoning Regulations

Water Quality Division Employee Email List (click to expand)

Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Anderson Carl WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5213
Budde Nick WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5267
Christensen Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5243
Collins Jim WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5161
Crowdus Kory WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5202
DeVries Sam WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5215
DeVries Taylor WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5236
Espe Brady WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
Gleich Casey WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-4164
Gross Joe WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5292
Grossman Dallas WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5242
Haroldson Marty WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5234
Harries Alison WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5217
Harrison Kylee WQ NDPDES Permitting
Husband Heather WQ Watershed Management 701-771-7367
Jeannotte Tyson WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5219
Joynt Emily WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5239
Kaiser Don WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5151
Kari Julianna WQ NDPDES Permitting
Lachenmeier Emilee WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5240
Larsen Aaron WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5230
Lund Dylan WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5169
May Rebecca WQ Watershed Management
Nett Joseph WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5227
Olson Paul WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5233
Rockeman Karl Water Quality Division 701-328-5225
Roth Taylor WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5294
Sanda Joanie Water Quality Division 701-328-5210
Sandness Greg WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5232
Schick McKenzie WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5288
Schuett Patrick WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5235
Stockdill Scott WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
Strommen Rachel WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5244
Suess Bill WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5216
Suggs Shannon WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-6409
Waldron Feld Sarah WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5237
Wax Peter WQ Special Projects 701-328-5268
Wert Joshua WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5214