Coal Creek Health Day 2009

The search for
rainbow darters and trout

23 October 2009

See lots more photos below!

Read Bob Fowler's story in the
Knoxville News Sentinel and
watch video

 

Rain began about halfway through our adventure today, but that sure didn't slow down the fun and learning.  Our goal at Health Day 2009 was to find rainbow darters and rainbow trout, which would document progress in the on-going restoration efforts in Coal Creek.        

Two years ago, Briceville students assisted UT’s Erin Schiding and others from UT, TVA, and TDEC in releasing tagged rainbow darters to Coal Creek as shown at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/NativeFishRestoration.htm.  At last year’s Health Day 2008, we found untagged rainbow darters, indicating that natural reproduction is occurring.

This past spring, science teacher Gladys Stooksbury and her students raised rainbow trout from eggs and released them to Coal Creek as shown at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/BricevilleFieldTrip2009.htm in an effort to stimulate trout spawning in Coal Creek. 

The search had to be postponed until next year due to the rain today.

As always, the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited volunteered along with our friends from TVA and UT.   Also, thanks to Carah Beals Ferry from Anderson County Schools The LEARN Center who brought 11th graders to assist us with the students today.

http://www.coal-ash-spill.com/tag/tennessee-valley-authority/The University of Tennessee

The creek that gives the area its name, Coal Creek, runs right beside Briceville School.  It's a living laboratory!!  Tables were set up at the creek to display fish and critters collected by the students.  The lessons taught the kids how the health of the creek is assessed by studying what lives in it. 

Inside the gymnasium, fly tying stations were equipped and rods and reels were available for casting instructions.  An aquarium was filled with creek critters when the rain began and they were displayed in the gym.

Thanks so much to Briceville School Principal Sandra Patton and all the teachers for allowing us the pleasure of spending the day with their well mannered students.  And, don't forget the cafeteria ladies who fed us lunch and Bobby McCoy whose famous shiny floors we got wet and muddy.

Click on the images below to get a glimpse of the fun we had!

Check out a new online slideshow of photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42856846@N07/sets/72157622652294010/show/

See list of the great volunteers who made the day so educational and fun!

PHOTOS OF FISH, BUGS, CRITTER HUNT AND LESSONS LED BY THE CLINCH RIVER CHAPTER TROUT UNLIMITED, TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE:

VOLUNTEERS INCLUDED:

Brown, Steve -- Clinch River Trout Unlimited (TU)
Buffington, Buzz TU
Coombs, Dr. Joyce UT-FWF
Daugherty, Paige  TLC
Ferry, Carah Beals  The LEARN Center (TLC)
Foust, John  TLC
Guinn, Bill  TU
Hatmaker, Joseph  TLC
Janekitkarn, Sommai UT-FWF
Lively, Chelsie  TLC
McMahan, Denny TU
Moody, Brandon TLC
Moore, Carol TU & CCWF
Mullins, Mikey  TLC
Oates, Frances TU & Clinton Courier News
O'Neill, Don  TU
Saylor, Charlie TVA
Scarbrough, Nichole  TLC
Stevenson, Brittany  TLC
Thacker, Barry TU & CCWF
Toyohara, Hiroshi  TU
Van Fossen, Beth  TU
Van Fossen, Jerry  TU

 

 

 

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