Connie C. Kennedy
Connie C. Kennedy, One Hundred Years Of Environmental Pollution At Chattanooga Creek: A Review Of Selected Studies
Faculty Chair: Dr. John Tucker
When studying local Chattanooga history, one cannot ignore the issues of pollution in the city and the environmental degradation of the Chattanooga Creek. Throughout the past one hundred years, the Chattanooga Creek was subjected to multiple inputs of pollutants, beginning with animal wastes in the early 1900s, coal tar from government operated coke ovens during the WWII era, and large amounts of industrial wastes in the latter part of the century. Today the creek is officially closed to the public but the status of its water and sediments remains dangerously polluted. Several research projects throughout the past two decades have substantiated the need for cleanup efforts in the area. Most compelling of all appeals for the immediate remediation of the area are the voices of concern from a minority community that lives, works, and attends school in the Chattanooga Creek community.
This thesis summarizes selected studies of the area to provide useful information to the greater Chattanooga community. Both the scientific and non-scientific communities must be educated and motivated to bring about renewal of our local natural resource: the Chattanooga Creek.