River Restoration

Harpeth Conservancy's 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) River Restoration.​

What We Do

Harpeth Conservancy’s River Restoration program plans and implements projects that protect and improve water quality and ecosystem health for rivers in Middle Tennessee. We carry out a large variety of restoration projects every year, with assistance from experts, dedicated volunteers, governmental agencies, corporate partners, civic groups, and other watershed stakeholders. Our restoration efforts, ranging from river cleanups to streambank stabilization, ultimately reduce pollution in the river, enhance habitats, and protect aquatic wildlife. If you would like to get involved with our restoration projects, please check out our volunteer opportunities or contact Marie at

Latest Posts


What are Microplastics?

When we think about plastic pollution, we often think about the plastics we can see: plastic grocery bags, plastic bottles, and various other discarded plastics that make their way into our rivers and waterways. Unfortunately, plastic pollution is much more extensive than we previously thought and can actually occur at an incredibly small scale known as microplastics!

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Clean Water Protection

Harpeth Conservancy joins community to Protect the Piney River

Harpeth Conservancy, along with legal and engineering experts working for Friends of the Piney, reviewed PSC’s materials submitted to the Commission the week prior. Our overarching assessment—based on decades of working with local, state, and federal agencies’ permitting requirements to protect public health and waterways—was that PSC provided insufficient details to county decisionmakers about how the development will address severe flooding and flood safety, sewage treatment, and drinking water.

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Clean Water Protection

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

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Invasive Plant Removal

Removing invasive plant species helps to prepare room for native plant species that will protect waterways from pollution and provide the appropriate habitat for biodiversity.

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