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

Garrison Diversion Operations and Maintenance: Snake Creek Pumping Plant

December 15, 2016

ND Water - December 2016

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) was created in 1959 by the North Dakota Legislature to establish, construct, develop, maintain, and operate the Garrison Diversion Unit and all its parts. Working cooperatively with other agencies, Garrison
Diversion’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) staff completes a wide variety of projects each year.


Cities, Water Systems Commit to Red River Valley Water Supply Project Development

November 15, 2016

ND Water - November 2016

A plan that will safeguard water for North Dakota communities and rural water districts in times of drought, and promote industrial development in the Red River Valley continues to make progress. The proposed Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) would use
a buried pipeline to carry water from the Missouri River near Washburn along Highway 200 to the Baldhill Creek or Sheyenne River, providing a supplemental water supply to users in central and eastern North Dakota.

Over the past few months, Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) board members and staff, as well as the Lake Agassiz Water Authority, have held more than 100 meetings with prospective RRVWSP water users across central and eastern North Dakota.


Garrison Diversion Awards $184,460 in Matching Recreation Grants

October 20, 2016

CARRINGTON, ND (October 20, 2016) – The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Recreation Committee recently awarded matching recreation grants to eleven projects totaling $184,460. Projects varied from developing a walking trail to installing playground equipment.


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