WATER QUALITY DATA FROM COAL CREEK, ITS TRIBUTARIES, AND THE CLINCH RIVER (UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM OF COAL CREEK)

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We need experts on water quality to provide pertinent information for this section of our web site. Please email us at bthacker2@coalcreekaml.com or send us information by mail to CCCSI, P.O. Box 31707, Knoxville, TN 37930-1707. Summarize the data in graphical/tabular form and provide references where possible. Even if you are not a water quality expert, photographs of conditions at various locations and times are needed. Include captions with locations and dates with the photographs. We will recognize the authors and providers of photographs on this web page where possible.

Until then, published information on water quality in Coal Creek and surrounding areas follows. This data is from the late 1970s and was developed by the USGS as baseline data as part of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Sampling site number 19 is on Coal Creek at Lake City. Sampling site number 15 is on the Clinch River upstream of Coal Creek near Norris Dam. Sampling site number 21 is on the Clinch River near Clinton, downstream of Coal Creek.

How does recent data compare with this baseline data? I sure hope it is better than the 44,000 parts per billion (ppb) concentration of iron measured in Coal Creek at Lake City in the late 1970s. Note that the maximum concentration of iron measured upstream of Coal Creek in the Clinch River was 840 ppb. The maximum concentration of iron measured downstream of Coal Creek in the Clinch River was 1,600 ppb. This data indicates that residents and people fishing the Clinch River downstream of Coal Creek should be interested in our remediation of CMD from abandoned mined lands.

Click here for Water Quality Info published in U.S.G.S. Open File Report 81-901, January, 1982.