Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.024.a-j
Collection Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Collection
Description Digital images copied from original slides from the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control. Chattanooga City dump next to Chattanooga Creek. a-i) January 1, 1972. j) January 1, 1974. These were deemed by the Division as "Spectacular Pollution."

a) Image of Chattanooga Creek with debris, oil sheen, and other chemicals in it from runoff near dump site.
b) Shows white soil either from lime or chemicals at the edge of a treatment pond at the dump site near Chattanooga Creek.
c) View of treatment pond at dump site, showing debris and minor flooding which overflowed into Chattanooga Creek.
d) Shows overflow from treatment pond from flooding or heavy rains into Chattanooga Creek near dump site with slope of mountain in background, as well as air pollution.
e) Image of dumpsite with debris.
f) Turned over car at dump site. Cars were used as bank stabilizers as an effort to prevent overflow. This was a somewhat common practice, however, parts and fluids (such as gas) were not necessarily removed before placement. So when overflows occurred, the fluids and chemicals from the cars probably flowed into the water system as well.
g) Another image of treatment pond overflow into Chattanooga Creek, but dark and bluish.
h) Image of after an overflow has occurred, shows white lime or chemical deposits near Creek.
i) Another image of treatment pond overflow into Chattanooga Creek, shows discoloration and leachate.
j) Image of Creek showing discoloration.
Date 1972-1974
Accession number 2011.018