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

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

Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Anderson Carl WQ — Groundwater - Program Manager 701-328-5213
Collins James WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701-328-5161
Crowdus Kory WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5202
DeVries Sam WQ — Permits 701-328-5215
Espe Brady WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701-328-5228
Gleich Casey WQ — Groundwater 701-328-4164
Gross Joe WQ — Watershed Management - Database Mgmt 701-328-5292
Grossman Dallas WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701-328-5242
Hargiss Mike WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.499.5209
Haroldson Marty WQ — Permits - Program Manager 701-328-5234
Harries Alison WQ — Groundwater - Database Mgmt 701-328-5217
Husband Heather WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.537.2043
Kitzes Edwin WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701-328-5253
Lang Jeremy WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701-328-5219
Larsen Aaron WQ — Watershed Management - Program Manager 701-328-5230
Nett Joe WQ — Watershed Management 701-328-5227
Nieraeth Shawna WQ — Groundwater 701-328-5267
O'Gorman Brian WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5177
Olson Paul WQ — Watershed Management 701-328-5233
Peterson Andrew WQ — Groundwater 701-328-5294
Piper Dianna WQ — Administrative 701-328-5210
Rockeman Karl WQ — Director 701-328-5225
Roerick Jeff WQ — Permits - Discharges 701-328-5240
Sandness Greg WQ — Watershed Management - NPS 701-328-5232
Sandvick Duane WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701-328-5260
Schuett Patrick WQ — Permits - Database Mgmt 701-328-5235
Souder Taylor WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5236
Stockdill Scott WQ — Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
Strommen Rachel WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701-328-5244
Suess Bill WQ — Spill Investigation - Program Manager 701-328-5216
Suggs Shannon WQ — Groundwater 701-328-6409
Swanberg Samantha WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701-328-5239
Uhlman Jim WQ — Groundwater 701-328-5296
Waldron Feld Sarah WQ — Permits 701-328-5237
Wax Peter WQ — Special Projects 701-328-5268