Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District

Revised 2020 Draft Budget

Prior 2020 Draft Budget

BOCC Budget Hearing is scheduled for October 22, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioner's Hearing Room, Lower Level Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway Ave.

2020 Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District (NLFCZD) Budget:  The NLFCZD Budget Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, lower level of the Public Works Building at 1026 W Broadway Ave.

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 is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Commissioners Hearing Room, lower level of the Spokane County Public Works Building, 1026 West Broadway Ave., Spokane, Washington. This is 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 questions, you may reach out to Colleen Little, the new NLFCZD Manager, at (509) 477-7241 or at  Thank you!



The EPA and Department of Ecology provided the following information and asked that we share it with you, and that you share it with neighbors and friends.

Reports of dogs getting sick or dying after swimming in ponds, lakes, and streams are more common during the summer months.  Please be aware that dogs can be exposed to toxins by skin contact with water contaminated with cyanobacteria or toxin(s), when swallowing water while playing in the water or by licking the water off fur or hair.  If you suspect your dog has been exposed to a toxic algal bloom, please seek immediate veterinary care.

To date, Spokane County is unaware of any toxic algae blooms at Newman Lake.  That doesn't mean it won't, or can't, happen.

Below are links to useful resources on what harmful algal blooms are, how dogs can be affected, and how to protect you pet from toxins.

Please visit the EPA page on How to Keep your Dog Safe from Toxic Algae for more information. 

Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) in Water Bodies


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