She added that One of the sites we are sampling is an already established site that TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) used to assess Sinking Creek. We plan to share our data with R.T. Baldwin, the City of Lebanon Stormwater coordinator. During one of the workshop days, Mr. Baldwin will talk with the participants about his job and specifically about the Sinking Creek Watershed.
The teachers were taking samples from the creek that runs behind Don Fox Community Park off the Highway 70 Bypass. Signs have been posted along the creek in the past warning people to stay out of the water due to various contaminates that have been there in the past. Testing has been done on the creek, and the conditions there continue to improve.
It is hoped by officials that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will lift restrictions on the creek in 2014.
Teachers participating in the workshop were:Patti Griggs from West Wilson Middle SchoolCathy Liddle from Mt. Juliet Middle SchoolLaura Scott from Mt. Juliet Middle SchoolRandy Payne from Tuckers Crossroads SchoolDonna Gurchiek from Rucker Stewart Middle School in Sumner CountyDerri Cash from Hawkins Middle School in Sumner CountyJan Bagwell from Station Camp Middle School in Sumner CountyDawn Cox from Portland East Middle School in Sumner CountyRachel Amescua from Hillsboro High School in Davidson County
The workshop was funded by the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub which Dr. Eric Cummings, dean of the School of Humanities, Education and the Arts at Cumberland, which he connected the University with and established this partnership.
For more information, visit http://midtnstem.com/.