Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Audio Spot: Students survey Oak Ridge area creeks

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 28, 2005 — A group of high schools students, which recently visited the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, studied species living in several creeks in the Oak Ridge area, and listed its findings in a report.

Oak Ridge researcher Mike Ryon, who worked with students from several states, said the report could have far-reaching applications regarding the area creeks.

"We generally provide it to local authorities to help them evaluate the conditions in the streams," Ryon said. "We're also using the sediment measures as part of our larger bio-monitoring programs we do here at the national lab. We'll probably try to incorporate some these sediment measure techniques in our regular monitoring that we do for the state."

The students were part of an educational program conducted by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.