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…

Outreach and Communication Programs Manager

Harpeth Conservancy, a Brentwood based nonprofit, is actively searching for the best candidate to fill the position of Outreach and Communication Programs Manager. As part of our strategic growth plan are several middle manager positions to enable us to expand the number of vibrant, talented, and experienced leaders in Tennessee working together to ensure clean…

BROWNLAND FARM: Franklin Mayor and Aldermen Vote Unanimously To Require Developer to Essentially Start Over on Extensive Floodplain Alteration Proposal on Harpeth

Franklin Staff and Planning Commission Recommended Denial of 471-unit High Density Residential Subdivision on Brownland Farm/Christ Community Church.  Franklin Mayor and Aldermen board VOTED 8-0 at October final vote to require the developer to start over with submittal and review process.  UPDATE AFTER FINAL VOTE on OCTOBER 12, 2021: The Franklin Board of Mayor and…

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…

July Conservation Conversations: Emerging Water Quality Issues in TN

We wanted to know what the experts were saying in regards to emerging water quality issues here in Tennessee. And so, for our July Conservation Conversations, we invited Dr. Tom Byl and Dr. Sam Dennis to share their perspectives, given their areas of research and expertise.  Dr. Dennis, Professor of Soil and Water Quality in…

June Conservation Conversations: Understanding Dams and their Impacts

I grew up with a skewed perspective on dams. In my mind, all dams were massive and monolithic. And that makes sense given that I grew up in Las Vegas, where Hoover Dam was a staple of the Vegas tourist agenda and landscape. A distinct memory from my childhood is a fourth grade field trip…

May Conservation Conversations: Flooding in Tennessee

After the crazy year we’ve had already, we couldn’t wait to dive into this month’s Conservation Conversations topic: Flooding in Tennessee. Nashville in particular has had a rocky past when it comes to flooding, and many residents are probably wondering what to do to keep their homes safe. From flood insurance, to 100-year rain events,…

SELC, HC and Other Groups Respond to TDEC Denial of Request to Terminate/Revoke Volunteer Sand & Gravel Permit

On April 16, 2021, 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”) asked the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (“TDEC” or “the Department”) to terminate or revoke National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System…