COmmunity engagement

Be River Responsible


Our “Be River Responsible” program encourages recreationists and recreation-focused businesses to practice safe and responsible river recreation and mobilizes efforts to clean up trash and litter pollution from Tennessee’s waterways.

Since 2017, Harpeth Conservancy and our partners have distributed over 500 biodegradable litter bags and dozens of “Be River Responsible” signs on private property, at local outfitters, and other businesses. Find ways to get involved below!


  1. Organize your own river cleanup! Email us to let us know your cleanup location and get the tools you need (bags, trash grabbers, etc). Tip: Heading out for a river paddle? Bring a bag and remove litter while you’re enjoying the river. It’s a win win!
  2. Get your own “Be River Responsible” sign and display it on your property! Email us to learn more.
  3. Follow our “Be River Responsible” guidelines and spread awareness about the following:
    • “Lock your Load” – Help prevent trash from flying off the back of your pickup or vehicle by using proper tiedowns.
    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Avoid single-use plastics. Use more recyclable “to-go” containers, compostable napkins, and reduce straw usage.
  4. Take photos of your cleanup and safe, responsible recreation efforts and tag us on social media! @HarpethRiver #BeRiverResponsible.

Current Conditions on the Harpeth River

USGS Water-data graph for site 03433500
USGS Water-data graph for site 03433500
USGS Water-data graph for site 03433500