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Holiday Gift for Lick Creek

In a significant win for clean water advocates, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) made a crucial decision over the holidays to deny the Water Authority of Dickson County’s permit request for a new sewage treatment plant on Lick Creek in Hickman County. This decision comes after concerted efforts by the Friends of …

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Duck River Water Withdrawal Permits

Explore how growth in middle Tennessee impacts the biodiverse Duck River, as Harpeth Conservancy actively engages in state hearings and provides expert analysis to shape the first permits for eight utilities. With a 35% increase in withdrawals planned, our focus on science-based solutions aims to ensure safe drinking water, protect the Duck River, and establish a regional management plan. Stay informed with our official comments and insights on our blog, reflecting our ongoing commitment to water management expertise developed over two decades.

Discharge Permit for Franklin Sewer Treatment Plant

Email Petition Instructions: Use our email petition form to the left in order to send a message to Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and inform them of your opinion. Step 1 – Click the YELLOW button that says “Read or Edit the Petition” at the top of the petition form to the left. …

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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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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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Harpeth Conservancy and others Request TN Governor to veto the Primacy and Reclamation Act

Harpeth Conservancy joins the TN Chapter of the Sierra Club and several other organizations in asking Gov. Bill Lee to veto SB742/HB90, the “Primacy and Reclamation Act of TN” which places a needless burden on taxpayers, weakens oversight of coal mining in our state and threatens the health and safety of our communities, water resources, …

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