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.

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

Water Quality Division Employee Email List (click to expand)

Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Anderson Carl WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5213
Becker Sarah WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-9151
Brazil Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5296
Dahl Lane WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5222
Delzer Alexis WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5282
Espe Brady WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
Galloway Noah ngalloway WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5253
Gilley Cameron WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5210
Gleich Casey WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-4164
Gross Joe WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5292
Grossman Dallas WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5242
Hanson Lawrence WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5291
Haroldson Marty WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5234
Harrison Kylee WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5187
Hite Nicole WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-1676
Houle Brian WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5193
Hulst Annelise WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1377
Joynt Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5239
Kaiser Don WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5151
Kritzberger Ryan WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-9035
Kruske Montana WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5172
McCauley Jenna WQ Watershed Management
Miller Meridith WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5166
Nelson Amber Water Quality Division 701-328-5210
Novak Emilee WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5240
Olson Jaxsyn WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1382
Rockeman Karl Water Quality Division 701-328-5225
Schick McKenzie WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5288
Schiwal Alyssa WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5159
Schuett Patrick WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5235
Stockdill Scott WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
Strommen Rachel WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5244
Suess Bill WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5216
Suggs Shannon WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-6409
Waldron Feld Sarah WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5237
Wallery Paige WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5243
Wax Peter WQ Special Projects 701-328-5268
Wert Joshua WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5214
Woutat Tanner WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5233