Clean Water Protection

UPDATE: 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

Brownland Farm Development Proposal WITHDRAWN! Franklin Elected Officials Recommend Small Area Plan to redo city’s land use plan to support the agricultural and historic heritage of the rural area of Northwest Franklin. Send you email by Tuesday, 9-22 4:30pm to support the Small Area Plan and ensure that it includes Brownland Farm in the effort….

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Law Center’s (SELC), Harpeth Conservancy, and several other conservation organizations recently commented on draft guidance from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on the exception clause for the state definition of “waters” in the Tennessee Water Quality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 The draft guidance is here: 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

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…

Conservation Conversation: Ensuring Environmental Equity

Ensuring Environmental Equity: Public Participation in Governmental Decision-Making in the Pandemic Era Should You Have To Risk Your Health to Participate in Democracy? Join Three Leading Experts for This Month’s Conservation Conversation on June 24, 2020 Citizens are going through great lengths to have their voices heard during the Covid-19 pandemic, from protesters risking their…

Retrospective on May 2010 Flood

10 Years After the Historic May 2010 Flood “The Waterway Flood Recovery Project:  2010-2012 and Embracing the New Normal of More Extreme Weather” Retrospective by Dorene Bolze, President and CEO April 30, 2020 See our Water Flood Recovery Project page for details and photos. It is the 10th anniversary of the historic May 2010 flood that hit the greater Nashville region…