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Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.006.a-l
Collection Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Collection
Description Digital images copied from original slides from the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control. This set was taken in the Dobbs Branch area; waters that feed into the Chattanooga Creek and Tennessee River. These images show purple dye waste. Taken on June 1, 1970. The Dobbs Branch area is around south Chattanooga not far from the Georgia-Tennessee border. It encompasses the Southside, East 23rd Street, Dodds Avenue, around the Clifton Hills and East Lake areas.
h) Shows a white building in the background with "Cinema Art Theater" on it, which was on or near Rossville Boulevard off I-24. k,l) The sewer pipe shown in this image is still present.

From Tennessee.gov in 2007: "Currently, seventeen streams in the Group 4 portion of the Tennessee portion of the Lower Tennessee River Watershed are known to have excessive pathogen contamination. North Market Street Branch, Friar Branch, Spring Creek, West
Chickamauga Creek, South Chickamauga Creek, Citico Creek, Dobbs Branch, Chattanooga Creek, Stringers Branch, Gillespie Springs Branch, and unnamed tributaries to South Chickamauga Creek, Citico Creek, and Chattanooga Creek are impacted by urban areas, with contributions of bacterial contamination coming from storm water runoff, sewage collection system leaks, and treatment plant operation failures originating from the Chattanooga area."
Source: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/watersheds/four/documents/lowertn4/lowertn4_6.pdf
Date 1970
Accession number 2011.018