Livestock Water Developments

Medium

Permanent improvements on School Trust Lands are managed in accordance with NDCC 15-08-26.  Permanent improvements may not be constructed on school trust lands without a permit.

The cost of completing a permanent improvement on School Trust Lands is the expense of the lessee.  However, cost share and depreciation may be available from the Department for permanent improvements. Specific terms and conditions for the approved site are included in the granted development permit.

Early first contact and application submission are important for timely processing. Requests may require an onsite review and/or additional documentation. NDDTL understands some applications are immediate as there are times when contractors move into an area without notice and stay for only a short time. Please note such cases on the application so that NDDTL can prioritize the application for immediate attention. Email is the preferred form of communication, but you may call NDDTL and request the Surface Division.

Medium
Ownership of Improvements
  • Permanent Improvements (dugouts, dams, buried pipelines, and wells (well hole and casing only)) on School Trust Lands are/become property of the State.
  • Nonpermanent improvements (submersible pumps, windmills, solar panels, and water tanks) are considered property of the lessee and may be removed within 120 days after lease expiration. 
Cost Share & Depreciation

Cost Share & Rent Credits

  • Up to 50% of the development cost of permanent improvements is eligible for a rent credit or cost share, with the following maximum payments​​​​​     
    • Dugouts: $2,450.00
    • Dams: $2,870.00
    • Wells: $5,550.00
    • Well Decommissioning: $825.00
    • Rural Water Pasture Drops: $787.50
    • Livestock Water Pipelines: $2,800.00
  • Livestock water pipelines may receive cost share if the water source originates on school trust land. 

Depreciation

  • The remaining development cost after cost share from the Department or other organization will be depreciated in equal annual installments over a ten-year period, with the following total maximum amounts:
    • Dugouts: $2,450.00
    • Dams: $2,870.00
    • Wells: $5,550.00
    • Well Decommissioning: $825.00
    • Rural Water Pasture Drops: $787.50
    • Livestock Water Pipelines: $2,800.00
  • If a new lessee obtains the leased tract at auction, the new lessee is required to pay the previous lessee any remaining undepreciated costs. 
  • Any remaining depreciation on a tract of land is made known at the public auctions. 
  • None of the amount depreciated will be paid to the lessee in any form from the Department.