Daily Summary Report of Lake Elevation (1290' is Full Pool, Normal Minimum Pool: 1208' )
Rights and Availability
Generally speaking, formal water rights are not required for individual homes. You may have a personal well to draw up to 5000 gallons per day for domestic purposes and to irrigate up to 1/2 acre. More than this requires a water right. Water rights may be very difficult to come by. Water systems are regulated by the WA State Dept. of Ecology and the WA State Department of Health. If you need to speak to WS DOH regarding Group B Water systems, try calling Andy Cervantes at 509-456-4430 (or -3115 for the front desk). For information and permits on well drilling and septic systems, contact the Lincoln County Health Department.
To find out detailed information about wells that have been drilled near you refer to the Washington Dept of Ecology: Well Logs Search
to find out detailed information on water rights, go to the Columbia River Mainstem Water Resources Information System (To go straight to the map, Click Here)
Water Right Information: Do I Need a Water Right?
Chapter 18.104 RCW Water well construction
Chapter 173-152 WAC Water Rights
Water Rights Forms
Ground Water in Washington State Publication
Homeowner's Guide to Well Construction
Water Right Adjudication Process
Guidelines and Requirements for Public Water Systems
Water Rights Tracking System: Lincoln County
Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs)
34 SE Lincoln Co, mostly Whitman County
41 SW Lincoln Co, mostly Adams and Grant County
42 NW Lincoln Co, mostly Grant County
43 Crab Drainage, most of Lincoln County
53 North central Lincoln Co, Also in Ferry and Okanogan County
54 NE Lincoln Co, Also in Stevens and Spokane County
Potential Hawk Creek Reservoir
"The appraisal study determined that the Crab Creek site represents a potentially viable reservoir location. This site appears to be preferable to either the Sand Hollow or Hawk Creek sites based on both cost and technical feasibility criteria. However, construction of a facility at the lower Crab Creek site would have potential significant environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural impacts that would need to be thoroughly evaluated in an EIS." WADOE For more information on this project, go to the Columbia River Water Management Program website.
FEMA Elevation Certificate information can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/elvinst.shtm
Here are some key points on this new form:
1. All communities in the Community Rating System must use this revised form for all surveying done on or after January 1, 2007. If a building was surveyed before that date, you can file a copy of the old form. However, all new surveying must be recorded on the revised form.
2. You do not have to have the latitude and longitude recorded (item A5). This is good to have information, but it is not mandatory.
3. You do not have to have photographs. As noted in the instructions for item A6, photographs are only needed by insurance agents to write a policy. They are not required for your floodplain management regulations or for any CRS purposes. That being said, the Department of Ecology and FEMA strongly urges you to require photographs as this will expedite the insurance aspect of the EC.
Here are some common problems that we have found in Section B:
B1. The community number is a six digit number. It is not the same as the five digit map number on county wide maps.
B4. The map and panel number should be the six digit number plus a four digit panel number, e.g., 123456/0001. If the community is on a county-wide map, then the map number has five digits − 12345/0001.
B5. The suffix is a letter, usually between B and G. It is found at the end of the panel number on the map index, but it does not belong in B4.
Here are some common problems that we have found in Section C:
C1. Be sure to have a copy of the Elevation Certificate in your files for finished construction. You may want the builder to give you a Certificate during construction, as when the lowest floor is built, but the ISO/CRS Specialist bases your credit only on finished construction.
C2. Be sure to complete every pertinent item. Refer to the building diagrams on pages 7 and 8 of the instructions for what is pertinent.
C2.e. Note that item C2.e is pertinent for all situations where there is machinery or equipment outside the building or below the lowest elevated floor, even though "C2.e" does not appear in the diagrams.
If you need clarification on the EC requirements please contact the Department of Ecology Floodplain Specialist. Eastern Washington -contact Ted Olson, (509) 329-3413 firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington State Wetland Rating System for Eastern Washington
State Wetlands Delineation Manual
National Wetland Inventory (NWI)
Wetlands Online Mapper
Look up NWI Mapping Code Description
The Spokane River flows along the north boundary of Lincoln County. It flows 111 miles from Lake Couer d'Alene in Idaho to its confluence with Lake Roosevelt (the Upper Columbia River).
The Center for Justice: Spokane River Project (Click here to go directly to the Public Guide)
Washington State Department of Ecology: Spokane River Basin site
For fish consumption advisories, check with the Washington State Department of Health
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has information regarding the Spokane River Cleanup.
Spokane Regional Health District: Environmental Health Programs
The Lands Council: Toxics Education
Washington Citizens Advisory Committee for the Spokane River
Water Units of Measure
1 cubic foot of water = 7.48 gallons = 62.5 pounds
32 cubic feet of water = 1 ton
1 cfs = 7.48 gallons per second = 448.8 gallons per minute = 646,272 gallons per day
1 acre foot = 43,560 cubic feet = 325,828.8 gallons
cfs = cubic feet per second
Service Provider Contact Information
Watch this location for more information on local providers of services. If you provide these services and would like to be listed here, please send us an email.
Seven Bays Homeowners Association: 509-725-5027. Sewer and water for Seven Bays only.
Hydro Imaging Geological Services, David Boleneus
9910 N Ridgecrest Dr, Spokane, WA 99208, 509-468-9062
Resistivity, Seismic Refraction
Bartholomew Pump Service Incorporated
13710 W Lincoln Rd
Spokane, WA 99224
Bills Well Drilling
111 N 4th St
Coulee City, WA 99115
Four Star Drilling
Po Box 37
Hartline, WA 99135
H20 Well Service
W9028 Sunset Hwy
Spokane, WA 99201
13812 W Lincoln Rd
Spokane, WA 99224
Tarbert Drilling, 509-725-0703