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ACTION for Newman Lake 

Join your neighbors in addressing community issues
A group of ACTION oriented Newman Lake community residents promoting positive changes.

 Addressing issues such as
  • Shoreline Erosion
  • Financial Responsibility for the Lake 
  • Water Quality
  • Milfoil Treatment

For comments, questions, or the desire to help, call 621-0160 for information.​

























. . . .Shoreline erosion has occurred at some level over many years as local residents personal pictures have recorded that impact. In recent years the rate of erosion has increased dramatically and in the last two years has accelerated significantly and is causing major impact to the shoreline. The most extreme erosion of shoreline soil is occurring during the period that the water level is near the high water mark (May-July) with the “beach” area continuing to erode during the rest of the recreational season and accumulating in the shallow area (1-3 feet in depth)below the waterline. The sloped areas of the lake shoreline are getting more shallow at an alarming rate. Measurable erosion is now evident in some areas over a single weekend. , , , ,

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Shoreline Erosion Task Group Report
Milfoil Task Group Report
. . . . Eurasian Milfoil was introduced into the lake years ago, and is said to be traceable to the lakes of the southwestern United States. Though there are regulations in affect for the control of invasive species such as milfoil, the state of Washington does very little to enforce those regulations or to control the spread of these plants. 

Now that these aggressive plants are in the lake, the task of eradication is felt to be unachievable, so the task is to continually treat it, which is a costly and a continuous expense. With the existence of the Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District, the task of treating this issue has been assigned to that Spokane County administering organization. The entire expense for the monitoring, treatment, and is control of the milfoil is carried by 770 property owners in the area directly surrounding the lake. Although the zone district staff has been very effective in acquiring grant funding from the state in recent years for the treatment of the milfoil, a long term plan should be developed to continue this treatment during the periods where grant funding is not available. . . .. 

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Water Quality Task Group Report
. . . .Shoreline erosion has occurred at some level over many years as local residents personal pictures have recorded that impact. In recent years the rate of erosion has increased dramatically and in the last two years has accelerated significantly and is causing major impact to the shoreline. The most extreme erosion of shoreline soil is occurring during the period that the water level is near the high water mark (May-July) with the “beach” area continuing to erode during the rest of the recreational season and accumulating in the shallow area (1-3 feet in depth)below the waterline. The sloped areas of the lake shoreline are getting more shallow at an alarming rate. Measurable erosion is now evident in some areas over a single weekend. , , , ,

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Funding Task Group Report
. . . .The Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District, operating on an annual budget of $250,000 to $300,000, addresses not only the flood control issues but all of the water quality issues for the lake as well. This budget is entirely funded by 770 property owners in the Newman lake watershed. This money is assessed by Spokane County and administered by Spokane County Engineering. Additional funding is periodically obtained thru state grants focused primarily on the treatment and control of Milfoil.

Although in the distant past Spokane County has contributed to this budget, they have tapered off their participation and no longer contribute anything to operation of the Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District. The state of Washington, who actually owns the lake, contributes nothing to the water quality issues or the flood control measures. , , , ,

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NLFCZD BUDGET REVIEW by the SPOKANE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - TUESDAY OCT 25TH 5:30

The public meeting with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to review the Budget for the Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District for 2017 is being held at the Public Works Building at 5:30 pm on Tuesday October 25th.

Come out and join your community members in showing your support/frustration/interest. Public comment can be made if desired by filling out a form prior to the meeting with an allowance of 3 minutes.  

Community members will be in attendance to support their position that the county take responsibility for lack of equipment maintenance and long recognized inequities in the assessment process.

This years proposed budget, which is presented as "the same as last year with no increase", simply keeps the 10% increase that was made last year in place.   PROPOSED BUDGET - CLICK HERE; BUDGET EXPLANATION - CLICK HERE


NL SHORELINE EROSION MEETING

Date: October 27th 
Time: 6:00
Location: Newman Lake Tri Community Grange
Agenda:  CLICK HERE

Shoreline Erosion, permiting, bank stabilization and other topics. Agencies will present their processes and concerns in addition to a Q & A session for community members.

Combined meeting of Advisory Board for NLFCZD and ACTION for Newman Lake