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Monitoring and Modeling Contaminated Sediment Transport in the White Oak Creek Watershed
Subject Terms:
Clinch River, White Oak Creek; ORNL, waste disposal; contamination, sediment; environment, soil; monitoring program, model; waste disposal, floods
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Health, Safety and Environment\Environmental Effects
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Publication Date:
1991 Nov 30
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Originating Research Org.:
Department of Energy
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This document concerns monitoring and modeling contaminated sediment transport in the White Oak Creek Watershed. Over the past 47 years, operations and waste disposal activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory resulted in the contamination of the White Oak Creek drainage system. The contaminants presenting the highest risk to human health and the environment are particle reactive and are associated with the soils and sediments in White Oak Creek. During floods, the erosion of these sediments results in the transport of contaminants out of the catchment into the Clinch River. A long-term strategy is required to monitor the movement of contaminated sediments and to predict the transport of these sediments that could occur during major floods. A monitoring program will provide the information required to (1) evaluate the existing off-site transport of contaminated sediments, (2) evaluate the need for short-term control measures, (3) set priorities for remediation of contaminated areas in White Oak Creek, (4) verify the success of completed remedial actions intended to control the movement of contaminated sediments, and (5) develop a computer model to simulate the transport of contaminated sediments in White Oak Creek. A contaminant-transport model will be developed to (1) evaluate the potential for the off-site transport of contaminated sediments during major floods, (2) develop long term control measures and remediation solutions, and (3) predict the impact of future land-use changes in White Oak Creek on the transport of contaminated sediment. This report contains a plan for the monitoring and modeling activities required to accomplish these objectives. Figures are included.

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