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

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.


Meeting Notice - Executive Committee

November 8, 2017



Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
Carrington, North Dakota

DATE: Thursday, December 14, 2017
TIME: 11:00 a.m.

A meeting of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Executive Committee will be held at Garrison Diversion headquarters in Carrington on as indicated above.  Agenda items include:

I. Roll Call
II. Reading of Minutes
III. Financial Report
IV. Bureau of Reclamation Report
V. McClusky Canal Update
VI. MR&I Program Update
VII. Red River Valley Water Supply Project Update
VIII. Bylaws Review
IX. General Manager’s Report
X. Other

Duane DeKrey



Garrison Diversion Awards $140,735 in Matching Recreation Grants

October 26, 2017

News Release
CARRINGTON, ND (October 26, 2017) – The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Recreation Committee recently awarded matching recreation grants to nine projects totaling $140,735. Projects varied from developing a skate park to developing a Veteran’s park and installing playground equipment.
The following grant applicants received Matching Recreation Grants from the committee:
• Grand Forks Parks District- $31,232 to develop Phase 1 of a skate park at Kannowski Park
• Keene Park Board - $5,000 to renovate the bathroom facilities to ADA compliance
• McKenzie County Veteran’s Service - $50,000 for the development of the McKenzie County Veteran’s Park
• Devils Lake Park Board - $4,860 for beach improvements at Lakewood Park
• Renville County - $250 to purchase perennial planters for the Mouse River Park
• Sargent County Park Board - $3,559 for continued improvements at Silver Lake
• Steele County Park Board - $21,678 for campground renovations at Golden Lake Resort
• Stutsman County – $7,500 to install new playground equipment at Spiritwood Lake Resort
• Williams County Park Board - $16,656 to install two double vault restrooms at McGregor Dam
“We are thrilled to give back to communities within the district through our matching recreation grant program,” said Bill Krivarchka, Recreation Committee Chairman. “It’s so good to see enhanced recreational offerings benefitting so many areas.”
Garrison Diversion dedicates two-tenths of its one-mill levy to the matching recreation grant program to qualifying projects within the 28-county district. The Recreation Committee meets every spring and fall to consider applications. The next deadline for recreation grant applications is April 2, 2018.

For more information on Garrison Diversion’s matching recreation grant program, contact Merri Mooridian at 701-652-3194, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or PO Box 140, Carrington, ND 58421.


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