Excessive nutrient and microbial contamination of surface waters contribute to poor water quality that threatens environmental and human health. Nutrients drive increased occurrence and severity of harmful algal blooms whereas microbial contamination(indicated by the presence of Escherichia coli)can lead to swim advisories at local beaches or rivers frequented by swimmers.
These pollutants are some of the leading water quality issues faced by our region and will require broad stakeholder interest/participation, best management practices, and a better understanding about the source and magnitude of these issues. Harpeth Conservancy’s CEO, Dorie Bolze, and Science Director, Dr. Ryan Jackwood, were recently interviewed by Nashville WKRN about these water quality issues. Watch the interview below HERE.