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The Harpeth River Restoration Project Recognized with 2013 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award



The Harpeth River Restoration Project was recently recognized with the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Natural Heritage.  "The Harpeth River Restoration Project represents a major initiative in restoring and enhancing one of Tennessee's increasingly valuable and scenic rivers...this project illustrates how it is possible to restore the natural flow and ecology of a river system"  (TDEC, 2013).  Representatives from almost every partner organization were on hand for the Governor’s luncheon on June 25 to accept the award along with other awardees this year.  Here is a link to The Tennessean to read the story on the project and a link to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) website where you can view the powerpoint highlighting each awardee.  What a great way to cap off the completion of the project!

From left to right: 
Bob Martineau, TDEC Commissioner, Steve Alexander, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bill Reeves, TN Wildlife Resources Agency, Frank Fiss, TN Wildlife Resources Agency (in back), Jane Polansky, TDEC Scenic Rivers Program Coordinator, Dr. Ken Moore, City of Franklin Mayor, Dorie Bolze, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Executive Director, Ronnie Bowers, TDEC, Lindsay Gardner, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, Governor Bill Haslam


From left to right:
Dr. Ken Moore, City of Franklin Mayor, Dan Allen, City of Franklin, Assistant Director of Engineering, Jeff Willoughby (back), City of Franklin stormwater program, Governor Bill Haslam, Jane Polansky (in back), TDEC Scenic Rivers Program Coordinator, Dorie Bolze, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Executive Director, Bill Reeves, TN Wildlife Resources Agency, Lindsay Gardner, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, Ronnie Bowers, TDEC