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 of North Dakota in the Red River Valley Water Supply Project, a project designed to bring a much needed supplemental water supply to 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

Meeting Notice - Red River Valley Committee

September 23, 2016




DATE: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

TIME: 1:00 PM or Following Adjournment of the LAWA Board meeting

PLACE: Brahms/Bach
Ramada Plaza & Suites
1635 42nd Street S
          Fargo, North Dakota

The Red River Valley Committee is meeting as indicated above. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Red River Valley Water Supply Project and other business.


Meeting Notice - Recreation Committee

September 23, 2016



DATE: Friday, October 7, 2016

TIME: 11:00 AM

PLACE: Garrison Diversion Headquarters Carrington, North Dakota


Red River Valley water pipeline project changes course

September 23, 2016

Nick Smith
Bismarck Tribune

Designers of a proposed state-funded water pipeline from the Missouri River to eastern North Dakota are reversing the course and will seek to construct an intake with permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It’s probably a given that we’re going to have to do that,” said Ken Vein, chairman of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District Board of Directors, of the intake option. “We should be able to qualify for these permits.”

Proponents designing the proposed Red River Valley Water Supply Project are aiming to start construction next biennium so the project can be grandfathered into existing federal standards for water pipelines and not be subject to potential future rule changes.

Vein described the reasoning behind the likely change of course to the State Water Commission and the interim Water Topics Overview Committee.


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