Story last updated at 12:47 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2000

Coal Creek Discovery Day Tuesday at Briceville Elementary

Coal Creek Discovery Day 2000 will begin at noon Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Briceville Elementary School.

Students from Briceville Elementary School and volunteers from Trout Unlimited and the Tennessee Valley Authority will be performing aquatic surveys and water quality sampling in Coal Creek, according to a news release.

Also, members of the University of Tennessee student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will be performing engineering magic tricks. U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-3rd District, and Anderson County Executive Rex Lynch are scheduled to participate in the festivities.

Afterwards, interested parties will tour the Coal Creek Motor Discovery Trail under construction by the Boy Scouts of America. During this tour, Coal Creek Watershed Foundation volunteers will present details of initiatives that are under way to improve the quality of life in the watershed.

In other Coal Creek Watershed news, engineers from Anderson County, TVA, and Coal Creek Watershed Foundation have been examining options to reduce flooding in Coal Creek. As part of this initiative, experts are making technical presentations at community meetings to educate interested parties about issues related to the Coal Creek stream channel and the rationale for these restrictions.

Also, Barry Thacker of the foundation will present a status report on the flood reduction options being examined. He will present methods that can be used to reduce flooding including his specific recommendations for positive flood reduction measures.

Public input will be requested at the meeting, which is open to the public, to serve as documentation for future grant applications.

For details, call Carol Moore, 584-0344, or visit