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.

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

    Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program
    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