Daniel Dziekan, WDFW, (509) 892-1001 Ext. 311
KarenKruger, Spokane County, (509) 477-7262
Lake Access to Close June 24-25 for Aquatic Weed Control
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) public access site at Newman Lake in eastern Spokane County will be closed June 24-25 for treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other invasive aquatic weeds.
TheNewman Lake Flood Control Zone District, under permit from the Washington
Department of Ecology, has hired Aquatic Weed Solutions to treat milfoilinfestations on about 60 acres throughout the 1,200-acre lake with 2-4-D Amine,
(dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, dimethylamine salt).
Aswimming restriction will be in force during the entire day of treatment, and
for 24 hours after treatment. Boating and fishing will be discouraged the dayof treatment and for one day after. Irrigation and household use of water
pulled from the lake should be discontinued for up to seven days followingtreatment. Mailed notices have been sent to shoreline residents, and signs with
that information will be posted. The boating restriction is needed because waveaction reduces the herbicide’s effectiveness.
herbicide application permits authorized by Ecology include requirements andrestrictions to protect fish and wildlife.
access manager, Daniel Dziekan, said the gates to the area will be closed earlyon Wednesday, June 24, and re-opened early on Friday, June 26. Newman Lake is about 20-miles
northeast of Spokane, about two miles west of the Idaho border, and is openyear-round for fishing.