Outreach & Education

Why Riparian Habitats?

Community River Restoration: Why Riparian Habitats? During the winter season, our river restoration projects focus on two activities that improve water quality and habitats for biodiversity: invasive plant removal and native tree planting. Too often, riparian habitats (land along the edges of rivers, streams, lakes, and other water bodies; also known as riparian zones, buffers, …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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What’s that smell? It’s absolutely odoriferous!

There’s an entire world under our city, one that is comprised of miles of pipes and sewer infrastructure that carry our waste and treat it. However, what happens when these systems get overwhelmed? Age? Or fail? One possible consequence is a sewer overflow. Ron Taylor, Program Director with Clean Water Nashville, and Dorie Bolze, Harpeth …

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Conservation Conversations: Holiday Recycling Tips to Protect River Ecosystems

This past Wednesday during our last Conservation Conversation of the year, we learned that being water conscious can go beyond the outdoors and into the holiday season. Our everyday activities – like recycling – relate right back to the water the Harpeth Conservancy and YOU help to protect. The three speakers who joined us inspired …

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