Since 1999, the Harpeth Conservancy’s mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee. We employ scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote, and support broad community stewardship and action. 

Program Areas

Harpeth Conservancy believes that to realize our vision of clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee championed by the people who live here, we must be actively engaged in helping to shape water policy.​

The Harpeth Conservancy Science & Restoration program plans and implements projects that protect and improve water quality and ecosystem health in Tennessee rivers. These projects can be divided into two categories: (1) river science research and (2) environmental restoration activities.

Environmental education and intentional engagement with communities impacted by environmental injustice is critical to our mission. We work to foster an overall sense of stewardship for our environment as well as empower the leaders of tomorrow by encouraging awareness of the issues and commitment to life-long action.

Rural lands are rapidly disappearing in middle Tennessee — regional planning is needed to preserve our rich history, farmland, waterways, and clean water, not to mention traffic!​

The State Scenic Harpeth River is 1 of only 3 completely free-flowing rivers in the state of Tennessee and over 500,00 people enjoy it annually. ​We encourage everyone to Be River Responsible as they enjoy our rivers and streams!