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…

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,…

April Conservation Conversations: What’s Blooming: Invasive vs. Native Species in Tennessee

Together we’ve gone out and removed invasive privet, planted native tree saplings, and learned how to cultivate our gardens. We got further into the weeds and dug even deeper into this hot topic this past Wednesday in our latest Conservation Conversations: What’s Blooming?.  Guiding the discussion were our invited guest experts, Murray Gheesling and Cooper…

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…