Ryan Jackwood

State officials are asked to better regulate sewer treatment plants after “sewage fungus” appears in Middle Tennessee waterway

In November 2022, Harpeth Conservancy in partnership with the Southern Environmental Law Center, filed an official complaint to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) alerting state officials to a bacterial bloom near a sewer treatment plant (STP) outfall (an outfall is the place where a drain or sewer empties into the sea, a river, or…

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…