Water Resource District Board


The statutory powers of the Water Resource District Board are set forth in North Dakota Century Code Chapter 61-16.1 and generally include the local management, conservation, protection, development, and control of water resources and for the prevention of flood damage in the watersheds of this State; and carry out to the maximum extent possible the water management policy that upstream landowners and districts that have artificially altered the hydrologic scheme must share with downstream landowners the responsibility of providing for proper management and control of surface waters.

The Water Resource Board handles certain drainage issues and complaints; reviews and approves storm water management plans (SWMP) for Williams County and oversees regulatory water usage.


The Board also supervises, controls, and manages lease sites at Little Beaver Bay Recreation Area, Whitetail Bay (Lund's Landing), Thompson's Landing, Trenton Lake Recreation Area, Confluence Recreation Area, Pumphouse Fishing Area, Lewis & Clark Bridge Boat Ramp, Cut Bluff Historic Site, Kettle Lake, and Ryder Point Recreation Area.

Seasonal Campsites

Additionally, the Board issues seasonal campsites at Little Beaver Bay Recreation Area. All other campsites are first come, first served.


Qualifications: A resident landowner in the water resource district, except a County Commissioner
Compensation: $75 to $135 per day while performing duties as board member + expenses at state rate
Created by: N.D.C.C. § 61-16-07 & 61-16-08
Members: 5
Length of Terms: 3 years


Member Name

Term Length

Term Ends

Bill Sheldon
3 Years 12/31/2024
Ken Kjos 3 Years 12/31/2025
Drew Poeckes 3 Years 12/31/2025
Robert Gannaway 3 Years 12/31/2026
Tanner Overland 3 Years 12/31/2026

Stormwater Management Plan Review Fees

A payment of $2,250 is due up front and if the SWMP requires more than 2 review cycles, the remainder is due prior to distribution of the approved SWMPs to the various County Departments.

First Review* $1,500
Second Review* $750
Third and Subsequent Reviews Cost of Water Board’s Engineer review time

*Payment for the First and Second Review Fees are due upon initial submittal.

Point of Contact

 Beth M. Innis, Williams County Water Resource District Board Secretary

P.O. Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047

(701) 577-4500


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