Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.025.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. This series documents lime slurry overflow into Chattanooga Creek. Images a-i were taken on June 1, 1970 and j was taken on August 1, 1970. An incomplete newspaper article from July 23, 1970 complained about the problems of the extreme pollution and featured an image from this set. The author, Buck Johnson, described that he rode a boat through the "foamy, slimy, floating mess" and that the "wake of our boat was a chalky white." He credited the Chattanooga Glass Company and the Swift Edible Oil Company for complying with state regulations, but indicated that National Cylinder Gas Company was dodging the orders. On May 7, 1970, the state found in the impounded area behind National Cylinder Gas Company's plant a pond that was overflowing into the creek. "The top of the dike is eroded in two places and white solids are building up at the creek at discharge points. Rain washes the waste into the creek." The article continues about different companies that are complying (DuPont) and that are in direct violation (W.R. Grace Company and Selox, Inc.).

a) "Chattanooga Creek Lime Slurry" - The slurry pond and creek are separated by a dirt road; the pond is on the left and Chattanooga Creek is on the right. Slurry water is creeping across depressions in the road toward the creek.
b) "Lime Slurry Pond Overflow to Chattanooga Creek" - Muddy creek water. There are some dark swirls in the water in the upper part of the photo. There is a cup stuck on the rocky, muddy shore.
c) "Chattanooga Creek Lime Slurry Pond" - Lime waste can be seen over the slurry pond. Chattanooga Creek is below the pond.
d) "Chattanooga Creek Lime Slurry" - Clearly shows the lime slurry pond overflowing into Chattanooga Creek.
e) "Chattanooga Creek Lime Slurry" - Clearly shows the lime slurry pond overflowing into Chattanooga Creek.
f) "Chattanooga Creek Lime Slurry Pond" - Clearly shows the lime slurry pond overflowing into Chattanooga Creek.
g) "Chattanooga Creek Lime Slurry Pond" - Clearly shows the lime slurry pond overflowing into Chattanooga Creek.
h) "Chattanooga Creek at Dobbs Branch" - Shows muddy water in the Dobb's Branch / Alton Park area.
i) "Chattanooga Creek at Dobbs Branch - Dye" - Shows dye waste in muddy water in the Dobb's Branch / Alton Park area.
j)"Chattanooga Creek at Scholze Tannery" - Shows polluted, muddy water at a Wheland Bridge at Scholze Tannery downtown.
Date 1970
Accession number 2011.018