AFO/CAFO Permits

The North Dakota Department of Health 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 cjanders@nd.gov WQ — Groundwater - Program Manager 701.328.5213
Collins James jcollins@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.328.5161
Crowdus Kory kcrowdus@nd.gov WQ — Spill Investigation 701.328.5202
Ell Mike mell@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management - Program Manager 701.328.5214
Espe Brady bespe@nd.gov WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701.328.5228
Giuliani Bill wgiuliani@nd.gov WQ — Permits 701.328.5285
Gleich Casey ctgleich@nd.gov WQ — Groundwater 701.328.4164
Gross Joe jlgross@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management - Database Mgmt 701.328.5292
Grossman Dallas dgrossma@nd.gov WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701.328.5242
Hargiss Mike mhargiss@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.499.5209
Haroldson Marty mharolds@nd.gov WQ — Permits - Program Manager 701.328.5234
Harries Alison aharries@nd.gov WQ — Groundwater - Database Mgmt 701.328.5217
Husband Heather hduchsch@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.537.2043
Kannenberg Derek dKannenberg@nd.gov WQ — Groundwater 701.328.5296
Lang Jeremy jmlang@nd.gov WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701.328.5219
Larsen Aaron allarsen@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management 701.328.5230
Nett Joe jnett@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management 701.328.5227
Nieraeth Shawna sNieraeth@nd.gov WQ — Groundwater 701.328.5267
O'Gorman Brian bogorman@nd.gov WQ — Spill Investigation 701.328.5177
Olson Paul paulrolson@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management 701.328.5233
Peterson Andrew awpeterson@nd.gov WQ — Groundwater 701.328.5294
Piper Dianna dpiper@nd.gov WQ — Administrative 701.328.5210
Rockeman Karl krockema@nd.gov WQ — Director 701.328.5225
Roerick Jeff jroerick@nd.gov WQ — Permits - Discharges 701.328.5240
Sandness Greg gsandnes@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management - NPS 701.328.5232
Sandvick Duane dsandvick@nd.gov WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701.328.5260
Schuett Patrick pschuett@nd.gov WQ — Permits - Database Mgmt 701.328.5235
Souder Taylor tSouder@nd.gov WQ — Spill Investigation 701.328.5236
Starr Sarah sstarr@nd.gov WQ — Permits - 701.328.5215
Stockdill Scott sjstockdill@nd.gov WQ — Spill Investigation 701.328.5241
Strommen Rachel rstrommen@nd.gov WQ — Permits - CAFO/AFO 701.328.5244
Suess Bill bsuess@nd.gov WQ — Spill Investigation - Program Manager 701.328.5216
Suggs Shannon ssuggs@nd.gov WQ — Groundwater 701.328.6409
Swanberg Samantha sswanberg@nd.gov WQ — Permits - Stormwater 701.328.5239
Waldron Feld Sarah sfeld@nd.gov WQ — Permits - 701.328.5237
Wax Peter pwax@nd.gov WQ — Special Projects 701.328.5268
Wells Whitney wwells@nd.gov WQ — Watershed Management - TMDLs 701.328.5253