Environmental Restoration

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Harpeth Conservancy is now taking over Richland Creek Watershed Alliance!!

We have some GREAT news to share with you! Harpeth Conservancy has merged the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance (RCWA) into its programs. After over 10 years of hard work, Monette Rebecca retired as the Executive Director of RCWA. She will continue as an expert consultant with HC so that her hard work and legacy live…

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…

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…

2012 Harpeth River Steward

RESTORATION AWARD:  Glenn Remick One special volunteer, who has committed weekend after weekend to restoring the Harpeth since the May 2010 flood, had a very special job. Harpeth Conservancy member, Glenn Remick of Kingston Springs planted the 7000th tree for HC during this tree planting season bringing his personal life-time planting achievement to over 50,000…

2011 Harpeth River Stewards

STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL: Jane Polansky Scenic Rivers Administrator Jane Polansky has been vital to HC’s successful efforts with our Waterway Flood Recovery Project.  She put HC In touch with Work Force Essentials which included much needed support for 3 clean-up coordinators for HC for 6 months in 2010 via a federal stimulus grant.  Jane attended…