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Dramatic Harpeth River Floodplain Alteration Being Considered to Enable High Density Residential Re-zoning Proposal at Brownland Horse Farm–Premier Horse Show Farm for Nearly 60 Years

YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED by Wed August 26, 5pm:  Email or call Franklin elected officials and planning commissioners to turn down the proposal to change the 2017 Envision Franklin Plan to allow for higher density on Brownland Farm as proposed by the developer.  The rezoning proposal is based on a dramatic change in the Harpeth…

Becoming More Familiar with Flood Risk in Your Community!

Author: Jake Peters Due to its unique combination of geologic and hydrologic features, Middle Tennessee has long been at an elevated risk for flooding. Traditionally, the public is informed of these dangers through flood maps provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a group that works to provide federal assistance in the event of…

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Law Center’s (SELC), Harpeth Conservancy, and several other conservation organizations recently commented on draft guidance from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on the exception clause for the state definition of “waters” in the Tennessee Water Quality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 The draft guidance is here: 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…

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…

HC Hosts Successful Conservation Conversation on Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms

Harpeth Conservancy hosted its fourth Conservation Conversation, a monthly online educational series with experts answering your questions, on Wednesday, July, 22 2020. This month’s topic was Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms. A panel of experts including Ken Gibbons, Master of Ecology from the University of Toledo with a specialty on Harmful Algal Blooms in the…

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…

HC Hosts Another Successful Conservation Conversation

Harpeth Conservancy hosted its third Conservation Conversation, a monthly online educational series with experts answering your questions, on Wednesday, May 24, 2020. This month’s topic was Ensuring Environmental Equity: Public Participation in Governmental Decision-Making in the Pandemic Era. A panel of experts including Dr. G.S. Hans Director of the Stanton Foundation First Amendment Clinic at…