While the Harpeth Conservancy Restoration team works to clean up the river, the Water Quality and Sustainability efforts focus on ensuring that policies and regulations are in place that support water quality that meets state and federal standards to support public health and wildlife.
This is the core program of Harpeth Conservancy. Efforts involve shaping growth and the built human landscape so that the ecological health of the river and its watershed is maintained and improved. Harpeth Conservancy's expertise include watershed management and planning, stormwater management and regulations, clean water law and regulations, federal and state permitting and local planning and zoning, and land use planning.
The Protect Our River Campaign launched August 2014. The focus is on Franklin's important sewer and drinking water decisions.
Three sewage treatment plants discharge treated sewage (known as effluent) into the Harpeth River: Franklin, Cartwright Creek and Berry's Chapel. The Harpeth Conservancy helps protect the health of the river by working to ensure that these plants do not discharge more pollutants into the Harpeth than they are allowed to under the Clean Water Act.
The City of Franklin's drinking water withdrawal permit is up for renewal. New restrictions need to be added in order to protect the Harpeth River from further degradation.
The City of Franklin has spent $4 million in taxpayer funds on engineering studies that have produced a range of recommendations for addressing the growing need for drinking water and sewage treatment services. The city's preferred solution has been nicknamed "Toilet to Tap".
Land Use Planning - Under Construction!
There are many different ways to improve the Harpeth River, foster growth in this fast-growing region, and protect the natural beauty that has drawn so many people to want to live here.
Also known as ELMCO, this plant was found to be leaking chemicals into the Harpeth River in Franklin.
Completed in 2012, the removal of the Lowhead Dam in Franklin makes the Harpeth River one of the few free-flowing rivers in the state.
How do we know if the river is safe? How do we know how much pollution can be added to the river and still keep it safe? The answers are in the science.
Other Areas where Harpeth Conservancy has been working:
Demonstration projects showcasing stormwater management practices that can be implemented by developers and local governments.
Working with local legislators to protect the Harpeth River under the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Act as well as protecting undeveloped areas of the watershed.