2019 Sparks Marina Tour


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 & Connor Newman, Environmental Scientist – Hydrology & Geochemistry, Bureau of Mining Regulation & Reclamation, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

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.


June 12, 2019

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

Sparks Marina
300 Howard Drive
Sparks, NV 89434

Registration by May 31, 2019:
Member $50
Non-Member $75

Registration after May 31, 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 creativerno@charter.net.  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.