Water Quality Standards

The state and public policy is to maintain or improve, or both, the quality of the waters of the state and to maintain and protect existing uses. Classifications and standards are established for the protection of public health and environmental resources and for the enjoyment of these waters, to ensure the propagation and well-being of resident fish, wildlife, and all biota associated with, or dependent upon, these waters; and to safeguard social, economical, and industrial development. Waters not being put to use shall be protected for all reasonable uses for which these waters are suitable. All known and reasonable methods to control and prevent pollution of the waters of this state are required, including improvement in quality of these waters, when feasible.



What are Beneficial Uses?

Classification of waters of the state shall be used to maintain and protect the present and future beneficial uses of these waters. Classification of waters of the state shall be made or changed whenever new or additional data warrant the classification or a change of an existing classification.

  • Municipal and domestic water. Waters suitable for use as a source of water supply for drinking and culinary purposes after treatment to a level approved by the department.
  • Fish and aquatic biota. Waters suitable for the propagation and support of fish and other aquatic biota and waters that will not adversely affect wildlife in the area. Low flows or natural physical and chemical conditions in some waters may limit their value for fish propagation or aquatic biota.
  • Recreation. Primary recreational waters are suitable for recreation where direct body contact is involved, such as bathing and swimming, and where secondary recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and wading are involved. Natural high turbidities in some waters and physical characteristics of banks and streambeds of many streams are factors that limit their value for bathing.
  • Agricultural uses. Waters suitable for irrigation, stock watering, and other agricultural uses, but not suitable for use as a source of domestic supply for the farm unless satisfactory treatment is provided.
  • Industrial water. Waters suitable for industrial purposes, including food processing, after treatment. Treatment may include that necessary for prevention of boiler scale and corrosion.

  • Water Quality Division Employee Email List (click to expand)

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    Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
    Anderson Carl cjanders@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5213
    Budde Nick nrbudde@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5267
    Carlson Maren mjcarlson@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5230
    Christensen Emily eachristensen@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5243
    Collins Jim jcollins@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5161
    Crowdus Kory kCrowdus@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5202
    DeVries Sam sgDeVries@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5215
    DeVries Taylor tlDeVries@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5236
    Dummer Jacob jdummer@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5296
    Espe Brady bespe@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
    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
    Haroldson Marty mharolds@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5234
    Harries Alison aharries@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5217
    Husband Heather hhusband@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-771-7367
    Jeannotte Tyson tlJeannotte@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5219
    Joynt Emily eJoynt@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5239
    Kaiser Don dkaiser@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5151
    Kitzes Edwin eKitzes@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5253
    Kramer Nic njKramer@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5240
    Larsen Aaron allarsen@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5230
    Lightfoot Allison aLightfoot@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5285
    Lund Dylan dLund@nd.gov WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5169
    Nett Joseph jnett@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5227
    O'Gorman Brian bogorman@nd.gov WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5177
    Olson Paul paulrolson@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5233
    Piper Dianna dpiper@nd.gov Water Quality Division 701-328-5210
    Rockeman Karl krockema@nd.gov Water Quality Division 701-328-5212
    Roth Taylor troth@nd.gov WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5294
    Sandness Greg gsandnes@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5232
    Schick McKenzie mschick@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5288
    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
    Wax Peter pwax@nd.gov WQ Special Projects 701-328-5268
    Wert Joshua jewert@nd.gov WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5214