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Waste found near city property
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Nov 26, 2013 | 859 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In March, the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) found solid waste and impacted soil during excavation for the SouthEast Connector road project. While the waste is decades old, its removal was necessary and the property it was found on is owned by a joint agreement between the cities of Reno and Sparks.

The Sparks City Council approved funds for its portion of the waste removal Monday without impacting its General Fund budget through a three-part series of agenda items linked to TMWRF.

According to Michael Drinkwater, TMWRF plant manager, funds for soil remediation costs, waste disposal and additional environmental testing will come from TMWRF’s operating budget through the City of Sparks, thus causing no impact or additional expenses to the city’s General Fund. Drinkwater said Monday that the Washoe County Health Department and Waste Management have approved the waste disposal in Lockwood landfill.

About 6,000 cubic yards of the waste was excavated from the SouthEast Connector Phase 1 project site, which was near where Steamboat Creek was originally located before being reconfigured in the 1960s forming an ‘oxbow.’

`”Regrettably, waste was being dumped near the river flow in the early 1970s and we believe in the 1980s it was stopped,” Drinkwater told the council. “We now own that property and although none of the current staff was present during that time, we have to own it and dispose of it.”

The City of Sparks, which pays a one-third share of TMWRF’s operating budget with the City of Reno, will pay about $56,000 to Gerhardt and Berry Construction for the “off-haul and backfill of impacted and solid waste material,” and another $35,000 for the disposal agreement with Washoe County Health Department and Waste Management.

The final expense is about $27,000 for environmental consulting services contract with McGinley and Associates, a contract that the city entered in May. McGinley and Associates will be responsible for conducting additional site testing, attending coordination meetings with regulatory agencies, preparing a corrective action plan and waste disposal document, overseeing excavation, backfill and hauling off operations as well as preparing a final report for submittal to Washoe County Health Department.
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