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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…

Discharge Permit for Franklin Sewer Treatment Plant

Email Petition Instructions: Use our email petition form to the left in order to send a message to Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and inform them of your opinion. Step 1 – Click the YELLOW button that says “Read or Edit the Petition” at the top of the petition form to the left….

Action Alert: Franklin Sewer Permit

YOUR ATTENDANCE AT THE AUGUST 30, 2022 PUBLIC HEARING AND WRITTEN COMMENTS TO TDEC ARE CRITICAL! THE HARPETH RIVER IS STILL IMPAIRED, BUT THE DRAFT PERMIT DOES NOT REQUIRE REDUCTION OF POLLUTANT DISCHARGES POLLUTION REDUCTION PLAN IS NOWHERE NEAR FINISHED AFTER SEVEN (7) YEARS!! Use our Petition Tool to submit comments about the draft permit by September…

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…

Harpeth Conservancy Advisory Council Chair Honored

Harpeth Conservancy is thrilled that Dodd Galbreath, Harpeth Conservancy’s Advisory Council Chairman, was recently honored with the TN Department of Environment and Conservation’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dodd Galbreath, founding director of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice in 2007, is recognized for his over 30 years of work in agricultural natural resources management, water…

American Rivers Names Harpeth River One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015

Contact: Dorie Bolze, Harpeth River Watershed Association, (615) 479-0181Erin McCombs, American Rivers, (828) 649-7887 4/7/2015 Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Harpeth River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015 today, highlighting the threat sewage pollution and excessive water withdrawals pose to clean water and public health. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a…