Protecting Rural Land

Over 50% of Tennessee Waterways are Considered Impaired

Excessive nutrient and microbial contamination of surface waters contribute to poor water quality that threatens environmental and human health. Nutrients drive increased occurrence and severity of harmful algal blooms whereas microbial contamination(indicated by the presence of Escherichia coli)can lead to swim advisories at local beaches or rivers frequented by swimmers. These pollutants are some of…

BIG SUCCESS! Franklin Mayor and Aldermen Voted to Deny Brownland Farm Controversial Extensive Floodplain Development Proposal April 26

BIG SUCCESS: Franklin Mayor and Aldermen voted UNANIMOUSLY to DENY this Controversial Rezoning and Development Proposal Because of the Extensive Alteration of the Floodplain and Public Safety Risk from Flooding.  The community attendance was 200 or more, with over 50 speakers, for one of the longest City of Franklin meetings in recent memory (over 3…

McCrory Lane Quarry Update – December 2021

Successful Rezoning Protects State Scenic Harpeth River From Potential Contamination Harpeth Conservancy (HC) has focused on potential water contamination issues related to the McCrory Quarry, known locally  as Hutton Lake, since 2006. HC’s involvement has included educating the public, encouraging participation in public hearings, submitting written and oral comments, and providing scientific expertise.  HC has…

Tips for Backyard Conservation and Water Management in Nashville

Written by Todd Michaels Turn the faucet on, and you’ll think the water can run forever. But water is a precious resource, and if reservoirs are low, that can lead to a long, dry summer. In Nashville, soil and water conservation is serious business. The amount of water you use in your backyard makes a…

Harpeth Conservancy and others Request TN Governor to veto the Primacy and Reclamation Act

Harpeth Conservancy joins the TN Chapter of the Sierra Club and several other organizations in asking Gov. Bill Lee to veto SB742/HB90, the “Primacy and Reclamation Act of TN” which places a needless burden on taxpayers, weakens oversight of coal mining in our state and threatens the health and safety of our communities, water resources,…

Southern Environmental Law, HC and others Request TDEC Terminate or Revoke Volunteer Sand & Gravel NPDES Permit

The Southern Environmental Law Center (“SELC”), Harpeth Conservancy, Hurricane Mills Mining Opposition, Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Tennessee Chapter Sierra Club, and Defenders of Wildlife (“Conservation Groups”) ask the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (“TDEC” or “the Department”) to terminate or revoke National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Permit TN0082236, issued…

(older blog) Dramatic Harpeth River Floodplain Alteration Being Considered to Enable High Density Residential Re-zoning Proposal at Brownland Horse Farm–Premier Horse Show Farm for Nearly 60 Years

Revised 460+ residential development proposed for Brownland Farm. Earlier proposal to revise city Land Use Plan Withdrawn in early Sept. Franklin Elected Officials Recommend Small Area Plan to redo city’s land use plan to support the agricultural and historic heritage of the rural area of Northwest Franklin. See updated blog for upcoming BOMA public hearing…

Becoming More Familiar with Flood Risk in Your Community!

Author: Jake Peters Due to its unique combination of geologic and hydrologic features, Middle Tennessee has long been at an elevated risk for flooding. Traditionally, the public is informed of these dangers through flood maps provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a group that works to provide federal assistance in the event of…