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.

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
Delzer Alexis WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5282
Espe Brady WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
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
McGee Julia WQ Watershed Management 701-328-1380
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
Wirth Cherreka WQ Watershed Management 701-328-9166
Woutat Tanner WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5233