Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District

June 26th, 2019

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Newman Lake Grange Hall


2019 Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District (NLFCZD):  The NLFCZD budget was approved by the Spokane County Board of County commissioners on October 30, 2018.  Resolution 2018-0798  The budget includes a 6.9% increase.  Additional funds in 2019 are designated toward increased lake health, i.e. more milfoil and aquatic week management, additional alum injected into the lake, and the cost for more electricity to run both water quality systems (alum and oxygen-aeration) longer next year.  2019 Budget and Supporting documentation.

Assessment Maps Update – Current Status: The Board of County commissioners has been petitioned to appoint a Board of Appraisers (BOA) to reconsider, revise, and/or reaffirm the classification and relative percentages of the parcels within the NLFCZD under RCW 86.09.

The objective is for the BOA to determine/reassess the benefits each parcel derives from both 1) flood control and 2) stormwater management undertaken by the NLFCZD, and then based on those benefits, reconsider, review and/or reaffirm the current "classification" of each parcel with respect to each of those two purposes of the Flood Control Zone District, fairly distributing the costs of the District among as many benefited parcels as allows by law.

The conclusion of this effort will result in the BOA presenting two new base maps (flood control and stormwater) that will be used to levy new assessments on those parcels not otherwise classified as non-benefited, based on their relative benefit ratios.

Board of Equalization Hearing: This hearing was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 5:30 pm in the Commissioners Hearing Room, lower level of the Spokane County Public Works Building, 1026 West Broadway Ave., Spokane, Washington. This was an open forum for receiving comments on the fairness of, and potential adjustments to, individual assessments only; not to the overall budget or assessment percentage.

If you have any questions, you may reach out to Colleen Little, the new NLFCZD Manager, at (509) 477-7241 or at  Thank you!


Washington State toxic algae website 
Initial letter to residents from Randall Kirk 8/2/17 (pdf)
Cyanobacteria test results 8/16/17 (pdf)
Toxic algae status 8/17/17 (pdf)
Algae Test Results 8/17/17 (pdf)
Algae Test Results 8/21/17 (pdf)
Possible New Sighting 9/22/2017 (pdf)
Message from Dr. Barry Moore 9/28/2017 (pdf)

Newman Lake Spring Newsletter

2016 Spring Newsletter (pdf)
2017 Spring Newsletter (pdf)
2018 Spring Newsletter (pdf)

Fire Pits on the Newman Lake Shoreline

Article by Lee Tate (pdf)

2017 State of the Lake Report

The 2017 State of the Lake Report has been issued to the Department of Ecology as required. Please click here to read:
2017 State of the Lake Report (pdf)

Proposed Changes to RCW 86.09:
Revision of Newman Lake Benefit Assessment Classifications and Map

Proposed Changes to RCW 86 - Legislature 2017 with Map (pdf)  


  1. Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District

    Physical Address
    1026 W Broadway Ave
    Public Works Building
    Spokane, WA 99260-0170


    Mailing Address
    1026 W Broadway Avenue
    Public Works Building
    Spokane, WA 99260-0170

    Phone: 509/477-3600
    Fax: 509/477-7478