COAL CREEK 
DISCOVERY DAY 2000
August 22, 2000

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According to Tom Braden, Principal at Briceville Elementary School, "Discovery Day on August 22, 2000 was the most excitement in Briceville since the 1911 Cross Mountain Mine Disaster."  Based on the enthusiasm of the students, agency representatives observed that "we met a new generation of future ecologists and conservationists today."  Channel 10 News (Live at Five) reported that "students at Briceville Elementary School got their feet wet in Coal Creek today learning about their environment and that whatever we do on the land affects what goes on in the creek."  Congressman Zach Wamp observed that "the health of Coal Creek is a barometer of the quality of life for those who live in the watershed."

Here are some of the things we discovered....!!!

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DD1.JPG (12711 bytes)Fly tying and engineering magic activities by the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CRC-TU) and the UT Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (UT/ASCE)

DD2.JPG (14676 bytes)Engineering Magic

DD3.JPG (18877 bytes)Fly tying DD4.JPG (15461 bytes)Fly casting

DD5.JPG (15937 bytes)Anderson County Litter Control exhibit provided by a grant from TDOT

DD6.JPG (20272 bytes)Concrete canoe demonstration by UT/ASCE

DD7.JPG (20857 bytes)Channel 10 film crew getting their feet wet in Coal Creek

DD8.JPG (18723 bytes)Electric shocking of fish by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Briceville students

DD25.JPG (13122 bytes)Coal Creek History Exhibit

DD26.JPG (17020 bytes)Identification of aquatic insects collected during the bug hunts

DD9.JPG (18464 bytes)Water quality sampling and testing demonstration by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) and CRC-TU volunteers

DD10.JPG (14012 bytes)Glamour shot of the new generation of ecologists and conservationists from
Coal Creek

DD11.JPG (12877 bytes)Bug hunts by Briceville students with Congressman Zach Wamp and Bob Fowler from the Knoxville News Sentinel

DD12.JPG (20638 bytes)Enviroscape watershed model and fish recovered from Coal Creek demonstration by TVA and TDEC with Congressman Wamp and students.

DD13.JPG (19094 bytes)Church ladies providing singing

DD14.JPG (17391 bytes)Emcee Rev. Roy Daugherty addressing the "congregation"

DD15.jpg (21390 bytes)Address by Congressman Wamp

DD16.JPG (16585 bytes)Presentation of a U.S. flag by Congressman Wamp and a Tennessee State Flag by State Rep. William Baird to the Boy Scout Color Guard

DD27.JPG (11694 bytes)Flag raising ceremony by Boy Scout Color Guard with assistance from Congressman Wamp and State Rep. Baird

DD18.JPG (19463 bytes)Observers during the flag raising ceremony

DD19.JPG (15918 bytes)County Executive Rex Lynch with Boy Scout Troop 120

DD20.JPG (15849 bytes)Presentation of a coal miners quilt by the church ladies to Congressman Wamp (they can sew as good as they can sing)

DD21.JPG (16726 bytes)Presentation of the book "Let Me Tell You About Coal Creek -- The History of Its Black Citizens" to Congressman Wamp by its author, Laura Wilson Locke Gary. See their web page

DD22.JPG (15299 bytes)Closure by Principal Tom Braden

Congressman Zach Wamp, County Executive Rex Lynch, and Project Impact Coordinator Mark (Hollywood) Whaley during field trip to an abandoned deep mine discharge site.  State Rep. William Baird and representatives of OSM, TDEC, NRCS, TVA, Corps of Engineers, CRC-TU, ASCE, and CCWF participated in the tour.  We discussed how full appropriation of the abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation fund by Congress can abate environmental problems like this.  We also discussed how re-mining in accordance with the strict environmental standards of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 can abate environmental problems at other AML sites in the watershed.

Another typical day in Coal Creek...

[Home] [Master Plan] [Map] [Photo Gallery]
[Bank Stabilization Projects]
[Deadwood Removal Days] [Discovery Day 2000] [Scrape, Paint & Clean Day 2000
[Historic Fraterville Mine Disaster Field Trip 2001] [Fraterville Mine Disaster 100th Anniversary]
[Coal Creek War and Mining Disasters] [Mine Reclamation Lessons]
[CMD] [Economic Benefits] [Motor Discovery Trail] [Historic Cemeteries]
[Partners] [Schools in Watershed] [Mark the Trail Day]
[Awards] [Coal Creek Health Days]
[Briceville School History Field Trips] [Ghost Stories]
[Trout Stuff] [Join Us] [Eastern Coal Region Roundtable]
[Articles in the News] [Dream Contest]

Copyrightę Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. 2000 through 2016
CELEBRATING OUR 16th YEAR!!