Bowman-Haley Dam Sampling Project

Bowman-Haley Dam Sampling Project


Bowman, ND, September 7, 2021: The Bowman-Slope Soil Conservation District (SCD) has partnered with the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) to assess the water quality conditions in the Bowman-Haley Dam Reservoir and the tributaries to the reservoir. This project has been in response to the recent years of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) appearing in Bowman-Haley Reservoir during the summer. HABs are the rapid growth of algae or cyanobacteria that can cause harm to people, animals, or the local ecology. These blooms can produce toxins that make people and animals sick. Blooms occur in fresh water, such as lakes, streams, and rivers.

The goal of this project is to collect data to provide information on possible causes for the HABs and to develop a watershed improvement plan to address and change possible causes. The Bowman-Slope SCD is a local political sub-division of ND State Government with a mission and purpose to improve and protect natural resources. The Bowman-Slope SCD has a long history of implementing voluntary conservation and watershed programs to improve water quality and natural resource concerns.

Water samples and data were collected in the tributaries in 2020 and 2021 and samples on the Bowman-Haley Reservoir will be collected in the years 2021, 2022 and 2023. The Bowman- Slope SCD will keep the public informed on project development and future information regarding this project. Contact the Bowman- Slope SCD for questions at Phone: 701.523.8733 or email

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