Clean Water Protection

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 …

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HC and others Comment on Cookeville Wastewater Treatment Plant Renewal

On June 2, 2022, Harpeth Conservancy along with the TN Chapter of the Sierra Club (TNSC), and Brian Paddock (a Cookeville environmental lawyer) sent comments to TDEC on the proposed renewal of NPDES Permit No. TN0024198 for the Cookeville Wastewater Treatment Plant. Using an APSU Biology Dept. algal comparison by Lebkuecher and Mauney, the comments …

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Harpeth Conservancy Comments on US Army Corp of Engineers Water Control Manual

On June 1, 2022, Harpeth Conservancy sent comments to the Nashville District of the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Center Hill Dam and Reservoir Control Manual. The letter states, “HC believes that a number of improvements to the original 1998 Manual are required to comply with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (“USACE”) …

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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 …

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HC Takes Position on Impaired Rivers of TN

Harpeth Conservancy submitted comments on the 2020 draft 303(d) list of impaired and threatened waters in Tennessee to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)’s Watershed Planning Unit, calling for greater meaning, consistency, and transparency in its interpretation and application of the water quality standards intended to help clean up the state’s waterways. Read …

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Harpeth Conservancy Signs onto SELC Comments on Biden Administration’s Proposed Revised Definition of “Waters of the US”

Harpeth Conservancy signed onto a letter written by the the Southern Environmental Law Center and 90 other organizations asking the Biden Administration to “promptly finalize the present rulemaking to protect critical wetlands, streams, and other waters that we and our millions of members rely on for swimming, fishing, boating, drinking water, and our livelihoods”. Please …

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Harpeth Conservancy Signs onto EPA Letter with Nearly 50 other Protection Groups

Harpeth Conservancy signed onto a letter written by the American Rivers Network and signed by nearly 50 other organizations to provide input on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the State Revolving Fund (SRF) provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), specifically with regard to how EPA includes guidance on climate resiliency …

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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 …

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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 …

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