Science & Restoration

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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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 …

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Conservation Conversations – Fertilizer and Lawn

It’s a beautiful summer afternoon. You’re lying on the grass, soaking up the sun, watching the clouds go by above you. Maybe you had a picnic in the park. Maybe you’re reading a book in your backyard or enjoying a pick-up game of soccer with friends on the front lawn. But what about the grass …

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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 …

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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 …

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Harpeth Conservancy Algal Toxin Survey

Introduction Phosphorus and nitrogen are essential nutrients for plant and algal growth in aquatic habitats.  Elevated levels of phosphorus and nitrogen caused by nutrient pollutionmaylead to the growth and occurrence of algal blooms, which is the rapid growth of aquatic or marine algae.  Algal blooms have a multitude of impacts to human and environmental health …

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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 …

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Outstanding Support of The Waterway Flood Recovery Project

The Waterway Flood Recovery Project would not have launched without the generous and quick support from the Tennessee Emergency Relief Fund of the CFMT.  A total of $72,000 from the fund supported all clean- up work around the Harpeth river in 3 counties and restoration work.  All these funds were from individuals and businesses that …

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