In brief: Newman Lake to close briefly for treatment

The public access site and boat launch at Newman Lake will be closed Sept. 9-11 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic invasive weeds.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says gates to the access at the Spokane County lake will be closed early on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and re-opened early on Friday, Sept. 12.

The Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District, under permit from the Washington Department of Ecology, has hired Aqua Technex to treat milfoil infestations on about 28 acres throughout the 1,200-acre lake with 2-4-D (dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, dimethylamine salt), Diquat, and Glyphosate. The treatment is a follow-up to similar work conducted in June.

A swimming and boating restriction, noted on posted signs, will be enforced during treatment and for 24 hours after treatment. The boating restriction is needed because wave action reduces the herbicide’s effectiveness.

Newman Lake is open to fishing year-round.

Plan for mosquitoes

No need to travel to Alaska for a good dose of pesky biting insects.

The National Park Service has issued a media release warning visitors heading to Lake Roosevelt for the holiday weekend to be ready for mosquitoes at the campgrounds, boat launches and day-use facilities.

Conditions this summer at the reservoir, which stretches up to 150-miles behind Grand Coulee Dam, have been optimal for mosquitoes, officials say. 

“Visitors, park staff, our neighbors, and our partners have been dealing with an extraordinarily large mosquito population, especially in the north district near Kettle Falls,” says the release.

The National Park Service encourages visitors “to plan to protect themselves from mosquitoes during their stay, especially at dawn and dusk.  Loose fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants combined with a mosquito repellant will offer good protection.”

Park Service regulations do not allow for spraying programs unless mosquitoes are found to be carrying diseases, such as West Nile, officials said. 

Wildlife celebration continues

Learn about birds, wildlife and landscape photography, and native American and early settler history from experts during free field trips and presentations Sept. 6-7 on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in northcentral Okanogan County.

A then-and-now photography tour and family wildlife sing-along also are mixed into the activities for the fifth weekend in the “Explore the Sinlahekin – Past and Present” series that continues the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Washington’s FIRST wildlife area. 

• A half-day field trip to find and identify birds throughout the Sinlahekin starts at 7 a.m. on Sept. 6.

• A two-hour session on outdoor photography is offered both Saturday and Sunday morning.

• A one-hour session on “Preserving Paradise: A Glimpse of the Sinlahekin’s Early Days,” is set for Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. 

• Early Sinlahekin stories will be told by an Okanagan tribe member Saturday and Sunday.

These and other sessions begin at Sinlahekin headquarters, south of Loomis. 

The full schedule for the weekend is online, 1.usa.gov/1vncgf7.

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