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Crew Camp Mapping Project

Bismarck, ND - The State of North Dakota has begun a project to map housing locations of migratory workers in the western part of the State. The State has seen an increase in the number of housing establishments being created in conjunction with the oil boom in western North Dakota. The establishments, which include motels, hotels, RV parks, and campgrounds, can also be referred to as "crew camps." The primary concern of the State is to ensure the safety for the residents of the crew camps. "Our concern is the need to be able to provide advanced warning of severe weather conditions for people who may reside in crew camps," states National Weather Service Meteorologist Nathan Heinert. Additional safety concerns include minimizing crime and providing safe drinking water. In order to aid state agencies with their day-to-day duties, it is critical that the locations of these crew camps are mapped so appropriate services can be provided.

The project sponsors are asking for establishment owners', counties' and municipalities' cooperation to aid in accurately mapping the locations of the crew camps. Cooperation could come in many ways from answering questionnaires to helping verify locations. Counties and cities may be contacted; your knowledge of these crew camps within your jurisdiction is very important to the success of this project.

The project sponsors include the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, North Dakota Department of Health, Tax Department, Department of Commerce, the Information Technology Department, and the National Weather Service. The project has enlisted the aid of a consultant, Houston Engineering, Inc. from Fargo, ND to compile the mapping information for use by state agencies and the National Weather Service. For more information about the project or to get involved, please contact Bob Nutsch at 701-328-3212 or bnutsch@nd.gov.

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