About Us / About the Conservancy

The Harpeth Conservancy, formerly known as the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA), in middle Tennessee is a science-based conservation organization dedicated to clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee. 

Vision

Clean water and healthy ecosystems for Rivers in Tennessee championed by the people who live here.

Mission

Founded in 1999, the Harpeth Conservancy mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote and support broad community stewardship and action. 

History 

In 1999, the Harpeth River Watershed Association was founded. For more than 18 years, the Harpeth Conservancy has worked to monitor, restore and protect the State Scenic Harpeth River and its tributaries. In June 2017, Harpeth River Watershed Association changed its name to the Harpeth Conservancy. This name change, which is effective immediately, is part of the larger rebranding of the organization which involved the Board, Advisory Board, staff and other key stakeholders. This rebranding included articulation of a new vision, mission statement, and graphic identity.

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Supported by a broad network of volunteers, donors, and professional staff, Harpeth Conservancy has expertise in a range of disciplines including water quality science, environmental and conservation law and policy, sustainable land use planning, agricultural best management practices, volunteer and community engagement, and others. Our organization engages in land development decisions, promotes smart growth and agricultural management practices, designs stream restoration plans, assesses sewer and drinking water challenges, conducts river studies, ensures pollution threats are removed, promotes recreation and public education, and serves as a catalyst for effective statewide conservation policies.

Harpeth Conservancy uses its expertise, applied science and relationships with landowners, businesses, residents and policy decision-makers to develop solutions inclusive of the people who live and work here. By seeking water quality solutions developed with diverse stakeholders, Harpeth Conservancy builds broad stewardship and shared responsibility for streams and rivers in our communities that are vital for the state’s economic well-being and quality of life. With a community effort, we can restore and maintain a healthy and biologically important river in the heart of one of the fastest growing regions of the U.S. 

Funding

The Harpeth Conservancy relies on the support of its members and generous individuals and corporations to provide critical funding that supports scientific and technical staff and gives flexibility to program work. Learn more about how you can support us and get involved.

Corporate and Financial Information such as by-laws and recent tax filings (990s) can be found on the Giving Matters web site that is a project of the Community Foundation of Middle TN.