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Water 2016, 8(8), 331; doi:10.3390/w8080331

Strategies for Community and Industry Water Management in the Oil Producing Region of North Dakota

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Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA
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Hanley Sustainability Institute, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469, USA
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Academic Editor: Athanasios Loukas
Received: 28 June 2016 / Revised: 26 July 2016 / Accepted: 1 August 2016 / Published: 5 August 2016
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North Dakota’s Bakken region has surged to become an important oil-producing region. One of the key concerns for ensuring sustained growth in this region is the availability of water. This paper will review current water management practices and review alternative policies with special attention to the needs of North Dakota’s rural communities. Although the region is semi-arid, there is an abundance of water available in the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea. Efforts to utilize available water have been impaired by the US Army Corps of Engineers’ reservoir management polices as well as difficulties in constructing infrastructure during boom drilling. North Dakota was fortunate to dedicate oil revenue for water development. In addition, the expansion of regional water systems has been partially funded by sales to drilling operations. These water systems will benefit both industry and local communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: water resources management; fracking; Missouri River; Bakken Oil Shale Region; community water supply water resources management; fracking; Missouri River; Bakken Oil Shale Region; community water supply
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Hearne, R.R.; Fernando, F. Strategies for Community and Industry Water Management in the Oil Producing Region of North Dakota. Water 2016, 8, 331.

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