WHAT A PARTY!! Our start to reducing flooding by removing deadwood and debris from around bridges was a huge success. We completed work at 13 bridges. Volunteers (all 137 of them) from the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, American Society of Civil Engineers, Boy Scouts of America, Anderson County, Briceville Volunteer Fire Department, UT Student Chapter of ASCE, TVA, and local residents made a difference at places like: (Click on photos to see larger images)
For results of our hard work and how it helped with flooding, see 2002 news articles at:
Slatestone Creek Railroad Bridge,
Coal Creek Railroad Bridge at Briceville,
Drummond Bridge near Fraterville (We must have scared off the ghost of Dick Drummond because it was not sighted),
and lower Beech Grove Fork Railroad Bridge.
We winched it out,
used brute force,
and dogs to make....
tons of chipped mulch.
TN State Representative William Baird (R) and Mark Messenbaugh from Gore 2000 (D) proved that Republicans and Democrats can work together.
We saw conditions before Deadwood Removal Day, and
conditions after Deadwood Removal Day.
Afterwards, we ate,
ate some more, and listened to gospel singing.
David Diamond and Mark Messenbaugh from Gore 2000 were taken on a tour of many of the stops on our Coal Creek Motor Discovery Trail. They learned about some of our other initiatives such as:
the Briceville People's Clinic reopened to improve dental and health care,
Improving drinking water supply and,
eliminating trash dumps.
Gore 2000 staff learned about our:
ecology, conservation, and computer training in watershed schools,
abatement efforts at coal mine drainage sites abandoned prior to the 1977 SMCRA laws,
and environmental problems associated with runoff washing iron precipitate from abandoned deep mine sites into streams. We discussed the problems with congressional appropriations from the reclamation fund (built from fees paid by active mining companies) that would enable abatement of these environmental problems.
They also learned why we are not concerned with active mining as evidenced by local fishermen at a mine site abandoned after 1977 in accordance with SMCRA environmental protection standards ..... just another day in Coal Creek.
Brown, Wilfred S.
Buffington, Charles (Buzz)
Leinart, Mary Etta
McCoy, J. P.
McGhee Joan Leinart
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