Spanaway Lake Management Plan

Work on the Spanaway Lake Management Plan has been extended to December 2016 to allow county staff and residents to continue developing the plan to protect, preserve and improve the water quality of Spanaway Lake.

Currently, Pierce County staff and a consulting firm received approval from the Washington State Department of Ecology to collect monitoring data for one year from Spanaway Lake. In the meantime, the County, along with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, USGS and the Pierce Conservation District are gathering existing ground water and water quality data for the lake area.

Once this analysis is completed and the new data is collected from the Lake a lake characterization will be drafted. Upon completion, the draft lake management plan will be presented to Spanaway Lake area residents, Pierce County’s Surface Water Advisory Board, a citizens’ oversight committee established by the Pierce County Council, the County Planning Commission, and the County Council to review and make comment.

Below is a brief update of the project.

  • Pierce County, Surface Water Management received the funds from the Department of Ecology on April 7, 2014 for the management plan. 
  • On July 23rd, 2014 Pierce County submitted a draft Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) to the Department of Ecology. The Project Plan is a written document that describes the quality assurance procedures, quality control specifications, and other technical activities that must be implemented to ensure that the results of the project performed will meet project specifications.
  • On October 8th, 2014 the Department of Ecology approved the County’s QAPP.   
  • October 28th, 2014 sample collection begins.
  • Data will made available in early 2015.

Below is the link to the webpage which has a current calendar and a copy of the QAPP.

 In closing, I want to thank you for your interest and support in Spanaway Lake and the management plan.


Windy Kruse

Pierce County Surface Water Management

Water Quality Specialist III




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