Basin Framework

The purpose of the Basin Framework is to guide water quality management, planning and implementation through a targeted basin management approach. This basin water quality management planning process will promote more coordinated data and information collection and sharing, increased availability of technical and financial resources, and more focused and effective water quality management activities


The Basin Framework

The Basin Framework is organized around five major river basins in the state:

  • Red River Basin
  • James River Basin
  • Souris River Basin
  • Upper Missouri River Basin (including Lake Sakakawea)
  • Lower Missouri River Basin (including Lake Oahe)

The Process

The first step in implementing the Basin Framework will be the formation and organization of the BSAG.  Each BSAG will be made up of stakeholders living in the basin who have a resource interest in the basin.  The BSAG will provide the local leadership for developing and implementing each Basin Water Quality Management Plan (basin plan).  In cooperation with the WMP, the BSAG will be responsible for overseeing the phases of the Basin Plan which include the facilitation, coordination and implementation of the water quality assessment, restoration and protection, and education activities outlined by the basin plan.

Basin Technical Advisory Groups (BTAGs) will be formed in each basin to provide expertise and technical guidance to the BSAG for the development and implementation of the basin plan. Members of this group will be primarily from state and federal agencies and academic representatives. These include, but are not limited to, the NDDoH, US Geological Survey, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, ND State Water Commission, ND Game and Fish Department, ND Department of Agriculture, ND Forest Service and NDSU Extension Service.

Basin Priorities

In order to set priorities for a basin, data must be gathered and gaps in the data must be identified. Once this process has been completed, BSAGs will identify and prioritize water quality problems and issues in the basin. The primary method for prioritization will be the Recovery Potential Screening (RPS) tool which was highlighted in the previous issue of North Dakota Water.

Basin Plans

Based on RPS tool results, the BSAGs will set watershed and educational priorities within the basin and develop a 5-year basin plan from its list of priorities. The initial basin plan will be the key document used by the BSAG and its partners to: 1) describe resource conditions in the basin; 2) identify water quality management priorities; 3) identify information and education priorities; 4) schedule implementation of priority projects; and 5) estimate financial needs for the five year project implementation period. The WMP and BSAG will evaluate the plans to determine effectiveness and the need for updates and changes in management priorities.


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