Sparks Marina Tour

Hosted During the 2019 Fall Week of Water


2019 Sparks Marina Sponsorship Opportunity

Online Sponsorship

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Join us to learn more about the Sparks Marina!

Speakers: John Martini, P.E., Community Services Director, City of Sparks Community Services Department & Tim Donahoe, PLS, WRS, CEM, DONAHOE HYDROGEO LLC.

The site on which Sparks Marina Park is located was once a gravel pit owned and operated by Helms Construction Company (1968 to 1995). In 1987, petroleum products and solvents were discovered seeping into the 100 feet deep pit along the southwest wall. The contamination was traced to a massive spill at the fuel-tank farm one mile west. The site was declared a Toxic Superfund Site and a comprehensive cleanup was initiated. In 1996, the groundwater was reported free of petrochemicals and the property was turned over to the City of Sparks. Millions of dollars of spill mitigation money were made available to the City, which was used to construct the park and make the pit into a recreational pond. They also planned to fill the pit to a depth of 30 feet; however, in January 1997, the Truckee River overflowed its banks and filled Helms Pit creating what is now Sparks Marina Pond. The pond is a natural aquifer and in order to keep the lake at the desirable level, the city has to pump 1 to 2 million gallons of water into the Truckee River daily.



September 26, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch is Provided

9:30 a.m. - Check-in
10:00 a.m. - Tour
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Lunch & Classroom Discussion @ Scheels Training Center

Sparks Marina
300 Howard Drive
Sparks, NV 89434

Registration by September 5, 2019:
Member $50
Non-Member $75

Registration after September 5, 2019:
Member $75
Non-Member $100

Student Registration:

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to NWRA via fax to 775-473-5473, mailed to P.O. Box 8064, Reno, NV 89507, or e-mailed to  Cancellations received within 7 days of the start of the event will not be refunded, however substitutions are welcome.  All other cancellation requests will receive a refund minus a 25% administrative fee.  If you have purchased the registration with a credit card, the convenience fee is non-refundable.