Jim Redwine

Southern Environment Law Responds to TDEC Definition of “Waters”

Southern Environmental Law Center’s (SELC), Harpeth Conservancy, and several other conservation organizations recently commented on draft guidance from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on the exception clause for the state definition of “waters” in the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act. The draft guidance is here:  https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/water/water-public-notices/ppo_water_2020-06-23-dwr-nr-g-05-waters-of-the-state-exception-clause-draft.pdf. We and our fellow conservation organizations stressed…

Burns Depot Comments to TN Department of Environment and Conservation

Update: July 28, 2020 Dickson County Planning Commission on 7-23-2020 voted down (6-4) approval of the site plan and final plat for the Dickson Fuel Terminal.   See story for details.   Chairman of the Water Authority of Dickson county raised concerns in his recent opposition to the Fuel Terminal in his response to request by County…

Burns Depot Comments to Dickson County Commission and City Council

Update: July 28, 2020 Dickson County Planning Commission on 7-23-2020 voted down (6-4) approval of the site plan and final plat for the Dickson Fuel Terminal.   See story for details.   Chairman of the Water Authority of Dickson county raised concerns in his recent opposition to the Fuel Terminal in his response to request by County…

Conservation Conversation: Ensuring Environmental Equity

Ensuring Environmental Equity: Public Participation in Governmental Decision-Making in the Pandemic Era Should You Have To Risk Your Health to Participate in Democracy? Join Three Leading Experts for This Month’s Conservation Conversation on June 24, 2020 Citizens are going through great lengths to have their voices heard during the Covid-19 pandemic, from protesters risking their…

Public Hearings need to be delayed during COVID-19 state of emergency on 2 upcoming quarry permit proposals in April

ACTION:  Send emails by Friday, APRIL 17, on two upcoming quarry permit public hearings that the state wants to hold by webex.  Encourage TDEC to delay these hearings until the state emergency for the Covid-19 pandemic is lifted and the Center for Disease Control states that it is safe for the public to participate in public hearings. ReOstone Quarry…

Preserving Rural and Agricultural Land-A Core Focus of Harpeth Conservancy

“The risk of losing Middle Tennessee’s iconic rural lands, agricultural production, and scenic landscapes is very real and is affecting all drinking water supplies and water quality” (The Tennessean, May 17, 2018 Cover Story). Rural land is rapidly disappearing in middle Tennessee—regional planning is needed to preserve our rich history, farmland, waterways, and clean water, not to mention alleviate…

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Metro Nashville (& TN Water & Wastewater Finance Board) Approve Metro Nashville Water & Sewer Rate Hikes

Continued Monitoring Required Yesterday (December 4, 2019), the Metro Nashville Council approved water and sewer rate increases.   On November 21, 2019, I (Jim Redwine, VP & COO of Harpeth Conservancy) participated in the TN Water & Wastewater Finance Board hearing concerning the proposed Metro Nashville water & sewer rate increases.   I serve as the environmental…