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

Garrison Diversion O&M Staff: The Lifeline of GDU Facilities

December 14, 2017

ND Water - December 2017

The hardworking members of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) crew labor year-round to keep the Principal Supply Works of the Garrison Diversion Unit (GDU) facilities in good working condition.

Garrison Diversion maintains O&M employees at four locations – Carrington, New Rockford, Oakes, and McClusky. The staff includes a professional engineer, master electrician, certified diesel mechanic, painting and coating specialists, vegetative management specialists, and multiple heavy equipment operators. In addition, the majority of full-time O&M employees have a CDL (commercial driver’s license). A safety coordinator promotes safety procedures and implements a comprehensive safety program to ensure a safe work environment for all employees.


Contract Review Committee

November 29, 2017


DATE: November 30, 2017
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Garrison Diversion Headquarters
          Carrington, North Dakota

There will be a meeting of the Contract Review Committee as indicated above.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the guidelines and direction of the committee.


Duane DeKrey


McClusky Canal Irrigation

November 17, 2017

ND Water - November 2017

As the warm, dry summer months persisted, farmers in western and central North Dakota watched as their crops withered, and the outlook for production grew more dismal. Unless, however, they were fortunate enough to have the benefit of irrigation providing the critical water supply needed to sustain their crop.

Thousands of acres of crops were devastated during the 2017 growing season due to drought conditions across North Dakota. The U.S. Drought Monitor from the National Drought Mitigation Center clearly showed a progression of drought during the summer months. June showed approximately 47 percent of North Dakota in severe drought and 25 percent in extreme drought, with the hardest hit areas in west-central North Dakota. Fast forward to the end of July, with 61 percent in severe drought, 45 percent in extreme drought, and eight percent in exceptional drought, once again, with the driest areas in the west-central part of the state.


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