Our Mission:
To provide a reliable, high quality
and affordable water supply to
benefit the people of North Dakota.

Water for North Dakota

Water plays a vital role in the economic viability of North Dakota. The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is committed to securing a stronger future by providing a reliable, high quality and affordable water supply to benefit the people of North Dakota. Our focus goes beyond a dependable drinking water supply.  We also aim to provide opportunities for industry, the environment, agriculture, recreation, and development of our natural resources. 

Through several programs operated by Garrison Diversion, North Dakotan’s are seeing benefits. 

Reliable and high quality water can mean the difference between success and failure for small towns and family farms. Garrison Diversion works to ensure North Dakotans have access to reliable and high quality water through the MR&I Program. This program has $400 million authorized in federal funding to help water systems deliver quality water to homes, businesses and farms across North Dakota.

Garrison Diversion’s roots are in agriculture, and though we are now a multi-purpose project, we have not forgotten those roots. Garrison Diversion continues to invest in agricultural initiatives throughout North Dakota. Through valuable partnerships we are able to develop, expand and enhance irrigation efforts.

North Dakota’s natural resources are valuable and we work to maintain, enhance and protect them.  From wildlife habitat mitigation to the North Country Trail, Garrison Diversion plays a part in keeping North Dakota a beautiful and environmentally friendly place to live.

Recreation opportunities enhance quality of life. Garrison Diversion has been careful to set aside public land accessible to North Dakotans. We dedicate time and resources for developing areas for recreational use.

Garrison Diversion represents the state in the state and local Red River Valley Water Supply Project, a project designed to bring a much needed supplemental water supply to central and eastern North Dakota.

Operations and maintenance (O&M) is a fundamental part of Garrison Diversion. Garrison Diversion performs O&M on the Garrison Diversion Unit facilities. We employ a skilled workforce and maintain a large fleet of equipment to aid in the completion of O&M projects.

News Updates


June 15, 2018

An Addendum to the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Value Engineering Request for Qualifications has been released.


Request for Statements of Qualifications and Preliminary Proposals (SOQ/PP)

June 7, 2018

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District is requesting Statements of Qualifications and Preliminary Proposals (SOQ/PP) from qualified engineering firms to provide a Value Engineering Team for review of the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Preliminary Design Report dated April 2018 and milestone design submittals (60%) of Pipeline and Trenchless Crossings Contract 5. For a complete package, including the Scope of Services, please view the complete package here. 

The deadline for receipt of the SOQ/PP is 2:00 PM CST, June 28, 2018.


U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Tours Garrison Diversion Unit Facilities in ND

May 25, 2018

News Release
(May 24, 2018) U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke devoted time Wednesday to touring Garrison Diversion Unit (GDU) facilities in central North Dakota.  Secretary Zinke arrived in Bismarck this week to speak at the Williston Basin Petroleum Council. 

“We are honored Secretary Zinke made time to visit the Garrison Diversion Unit facilities to learn more about how our programs benefit North Dakota,” says Duane DeKrey, Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) General Manager.

During the tour, Secretary Zinke made stops at the Snake Creek Pumping Plant, McClusky Canal, and the McClusky Canal Mile Marker 7.5 Irrigation Project.  The McClusky Canal is a major feature of the GDU Principal Supply Works that delivers water for purposes such as irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife, wildlife mitigation areas, and water quality improvements. The Bureau of Reclamation owns the Snake Creek Pumping Plant and the McClusky Canal. Garrison Diversion assists with the operations and maintenance of both facilities.

Secretary Zinke’s visit with Garrison Diversion is the second meeting in less than a year.  In October, Garrison Diversion and the Lake Agassiz Water Authority (LAWA) representatives traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Secretary Zinke and Congressman Kevin Cramer about the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP). The group discussed the drought control project that will deliver a supplemental water supply to central and eastern North Dakota.  The supplemental water will be utilized for domestic needs and to promote industrial development for nearly 50 percent of the state.  The RRVWSP was briefly discussed again during Secretary Zinke’s visit. 

The RRVWSP includes 35 communities and water systems that have provided initial commitment to the project that would deliver a supplemental water supply from the Missouri River to the Sheyenne River using a buried pipeline. 

The tour was hosted by the Bureau of Reclamation Dakotas Area Office. Governor Burgum and Lt. Governor Brent Sanford also participated in the tour as well as staff and board officers from Garrison Diversion, ND Delegation representatives, State Engineer Garland Erbele and State Water Commission staff, several legislators, and representatives from the RRVWSP and Northwest Area Water Supply Project (NAWS).


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