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Protecting Southern Water

An assault on clean water threatens Tennessee. Let's #ProtectCleanWater!

Politicians in Washington are trying to dismantle the Clean Water Act, which has kept our nation’s waters clean for nearly 50 years. Without it, polluted waters would threaten Tennessee’s local economies, communities, and way of life.

If the administration’s proposal becomes law, drinking water sources for over 32 million people – 7 out of 10 Southerners – will be at risk. 

Tennessee River at Risk

Join us in Taking Action by April 15!

Learn More and meet like-minded citizens who care about clean water.

Great Beer Needs Clean Water! Harpeth Conservancy and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) are co-hosting 2 events to inform our community on the proposed rollbacks of the Clean Water Act from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

You’ll have the opportunity to individually talk to biologists, lawyers, and geologists to learn more about the importance of these clean water protections. 

Pucketts Boat House Franklin Event

FREE BEER & APPETIZERS with people who care about clean water. Join us in raising a glass to protect clean water.

DATE:  March 28 

TIME:  5 pm - 7 pm

LOCATION:  Puckett’s Boat House – 94 East Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

Patagonia Nashville Event

FREE BEER & APPETIZERS.  Do you fish, boat, visit our rivers, or own a business? Come learn how you'll be affected.

DATE:  April 4 

TIME:  5 pm - 7 pm

LOCATION:  Patagonia Store – 601 Overton St, Nashville, TN 37203


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Tennessee is at risk

This proposal threatens to remove protections from drinking water sources for 3 of every 4 Tennesseans.

Allowing open dumping into upstream waters spells trouble for everyone downstream. The best way to protect clean water is to stop harmful pollution at its source before it reaches our waterways.

Under the proposal by the administration and supported by industrial polluters, more than 32,000 miles of streams that flow into Tennessee’s rivers and lakes would be at risk for pollution if the Clean Water Act is cut as the administration suggests.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands in Tennessee that filter pollution and provide flood protection and essential wildlife habitat are at risk.


Tennessee's Communities are Interconnected with Waterways

Tennessee Communities and Waterways


Economic impact on Tennessee

Economic Impacts for Tennessee

Protecting small streams and wetlands supports fish and wildlife, and Tennessee’s vibrant recreational industry.

‣ More than 2.9 million people participated in wildlife-related recreational activities in Tennessee.

‣ Tourism is Tennessee’s 2nd-largest industry. Tennessee brought in more than $1 million from the economic impact of tourism in 2016.


Clean Water is Big Business for Waters in Tennessee

Clean Water is Big Business in TN


Great beer needs clean water
Tennessee’s thriving breweries, wineries, and distilleries rely on clean water.


People come to Tennessee to visit the unique natural and historic attractions. Whether it’s to visit one of our up-and-coming craft distilleries, whitewater raft in the Ocoee, or visit the Great Smoky Mountains – the places that draw people to Tennessee rely on clean water.