||What happens in Coal Creek does NOT stay in Coal Creek.
Coal Creek flows into the Clinch River. On Saturday, 14 July 2007, we
had a field class to inform and educate anglers and non-anglers about the aquatic
invertebrates (critters) and fish found in Coal Creek, a tributary of the Clinch River tailwater.
We were joined by special guest Sam Snyder from the University of Florida in Gainesville who is writing his doctoral dissertation on watershed conservation efforts. Sam has selected Coal Creek as his success story and is spending the week with volunteers to interview them and gather data.
We also learned more about the history of Coal Creek by chapter member Barry Thacker.
|The class included a general overview of invertebrate taxonomy and ecology focused on those invertebrates found in Coal Creek. We got our feet wet and learned which ones are also found in the Clinch River, how to collect and identify them, and their importance to the diet of trout. The class was conducted by John Thurman of the Clinch River Chapter and Charlie Saylor with TVA, who are professional aquatic ecology associates. We also learned about the on-going Coal Creek Fish Restoration Project that is being led by UT and TVA.||
||SUMMARY OF THE DAY'S
The group conducted an inventory of aquatic invertebrates in Slatestone Branch and Coal Creek adjacent to school property. "Bugs" were identified and placed into one of three categories: sensitive to pollution, somewhat sensitive to pollution, and pollution tolerant.
This cursory biological monitoring exercise revealed that upper Coal Creek has a good water quality rating.
As shown in photos below, we continued our day at the Blue Hole in historic Tennessee Hollow, then on to Cross Mountain Miners' Circle Cemetery. Sam was given a tour of Militia Hill, Briceville Church and cemetery, and Leach Cemetery to learn more about Coal Creek history. We also visited one of our bank stabilization projects at the Hayes' property.
See a few of the photos from the field trip below.
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BUG HUNT IN COAL CREEK AT BRICEVILLE SCHOOL:
BLUE HOLE AT TENNESSEE HOLLOW:
|We then drove to Cross Mountain Miners' Circle Cemetery where many of the 84 miners who perished in the Cross Mountain Mine disaster of December 9, 1911 are buried.|
BANK STABILIZATION PROJECT AT HAYES' PROPERTY:
|Sam makes a visit to Cross Mountain miner Eugene Ault's headstone at Briceville Cemetery. Eugene's farewell message is carved on his headstone: "Air is not much now. All be good and I aim to pray to God to save me and all of you. Tell Clarence to wear out my clothes. Give Bessie Robbins a stickpin of mine. Tell her goodbye." (Clarence was his brother and Bessie Robbins was his girlfriend)|
Jenkins, Mary Jo