ACTION for Newman Lake

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.​

Reports from other lakes:

Community members are researching and interviewing other lakes in Washington to determine how they are funded, how they are organized in regards to water quality, flood and other issues.

Loon Lake – CLICK HERE TO READ

UPDATE – Petitioning – “Fair & Equitable Assessment”

Community petitioning on the “Fair and Equitable Assessment” Petition is in the final phase so if you have received a mailed petition, please consider signing it and return it at your earliest convenience, or, if you have not received a mailed petition, and wish to support ht effort, leave a name and address at 509-621-0160 and we will get one to you, or bring one over if you are here at the lake.  Response has been great as somewhere over 95% of those that we have presented a petition to have signed on in support of the re-evaluation effort.

 

NOVEMBER ACTION UPDATE

For November ACTION is hoping to get back to meetings with other lakes and districts to see how they run their business and what we can learn from them.  ACTION will be trying to visit Twin Lakes, Sacheen Lake and perhaps Deer Lake with some follow up work with Loon Lake.  We will also start to post our interviews on the website.

Community Group working with Commissioner Kern’s Office

A group of community member’s efforts continue in a working group with Commissioner Josh Kern’s Office to try and identify options to find an organizational structure that can better serve the current and future needs of the Newman Lake community.

Flood Zone District and Spokane County Staff’s preparation and choice of the wording changes for inclusion in this year’s Senate Bill 5543, and their narrow focused wording in the petition document itself remain very much in question, as to their adequacy to address the “fair and equitable” issue.  If this proves to be a legal issue, it will be another failure of the County to support the community good and more work for the community.  I believe this group is getting close to the point where the Board of County Commissioners will be required to take some action on the path forward on this issue.

Milfoil Task Group

. . . . 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. . . ..

Shoreline Erosion

. . . .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. , , , ,

Funding – Fair & Equitable Assessments

. . . .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. , , , ,
 

Water Quality 

. . . .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. , , , ,