Twelfth Annual
Coal Creek Health Day
2012

Making Memories

 

Lots of photos below!


Holding a fish found in Coal Creek


These photos by J. Miles Cary


Knoxville News Sentinel writer Bob Fowler
conducts an important interview!
Read Bob's story here


TVA and TU volunteers gather fish & critters in a seine

Coal Creek Scholars at Anderson County High School recently told us that collecting fish and insects from the creek on Coal Creek Health Day was their fondest memory of Briceville Elementary School. 

On Friday, 26 October 2012, students from Kindergarten to 5th grade continued that tradition.  After 12 years, they know what to expect.

The creek that gives the area its name, Coal Creek, runs right beside Briceville School.  It's a living laboratory!!  Tables were set up adjacent to the creek to display fish and critters collected by the students.  Also, fly tying stations were equipped and rods and reels were provided for casting instructions. 



"Oh, I wish we could jump into Coal Creek!"

Bioassays conducted in the past show that Coal Creek rates as good in its diversity of aquatic insects, but only fair in its diversity of native fish species. Insects can fly to repopulate Coal Creek as water quality has improved, but not fish.  The cold water of the Clinch River tailwater below Norris Dam appears to impede the natural recruitment of some missing warm-water species.

In 2007, UT, TVA, and TDEC began reintroducing some of the native species, including rainbow darters, which should be present based on current water quality conditions as described at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/CoalCreekRestoration.htm.  Young rainbow darters were collected again this year, documenting that natural reproduction is occurring.  Fifteen other species of fish were also collected.
 

Thank you to volunteers and friends from the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited,  TVA, and UT.  

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These photos by J. Miles Cary

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.

PHOTOS OF FISH, BUGS, CRITTER HUNT AND LESSONS LED BY THE CLINCH RIVER CHAPTER TROUT UNLIMITED (TU), TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY (TVA), AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE (UT)

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VOLUNTEERS INCLUDED:

Brown, Steve TU (Clinch River Trout Unlimited)
Buffington, Buzz TU
Douglas, Terry TU
Harnage, Phillip UT
Jones, Stephen UT
Moore, Carol CCWF (Coal Creek Watershed Foundation)
Saylor, Charlie TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority)
Thacker, Barry  CCWF
Walker, Dan UT
Wolbert, Justin  UT

   

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