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The Harpeth River Watershed Association Adds a Senior Director with 30+ Years of Experience To Run Water Quality Protection and Sustainability Program

Nashville, TN (March 14, 2016) – Jim Redwine has joined the Harpeth River Watershed Association in a new senior position as Director of the Water Quality Protection and Sustainability Program. Jim has over 30 years of experience as a corporate, executive, and environmental and bankruptcy attorney. Jim’s work includes the General Motors bankruptcy, where he was responsible for all environmental functions in the largest industrial bankruptcy in US history. Involving over 100 sites, Jim achieved the then-largest environmental trust settlement in US history.  

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The Harpeth River Watershed Association Puts Citizenship and Service in Action

Nashville, TN (January 14, 2016)  -- The Harpeth River Watershed Association will led a dozen Middle Tennessee volunteers in the planting of over 100 trees into a stretch of eroding river bank on the Little Harpeth River. These plantings will help stabilize the river bank, reduce soil erosion, and improve overall water quality of the river in this volunteer service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

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HCA Healthcare Comes Together to Clean Up Harpeth River

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 23, 2015) – Thanks to support from HCA Healthcare and the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Harpeth River in Franklin is a little cleaner. Each year, HCA dedicates two Community Days in which their employees team with a local nonprofit for a day of volunteering. This year, the Harpeth River Watershed Association hosted 21 HCA employees on a river cleanup in Franklin, Tennessee. HCA Community Day volunteers hauled out more than 100 tires in addition to other trash and debris in a 3.75 mile stretch of the river starting at Rizer Point Drive and ending at Cotton Lane.

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Orvis & Yazoo Brewing Company Present Down The Hatch Fly Fishing Film Festival At Belcourt Theatre

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 20, 2015) – Orvis and Yazoo present the 2015 Down the Hatch Film Festival on October 28 at the Belcourt Theatre. Harpeth River Watershed Association will be present at the event and will give a brief informational presentation during the pre-party. Tom Rosenbauer, an Orvis employee and Fly Rod & Reel magazine’s 2011 angler of the year, will also attend the event.

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The Harpeth River Watershed Association's Leadership Efforts Are Supported by a $50,000 Grant from Nissan

Today Nissan announces a $50,000 program grant to the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) that supports a new pollution reduction plan and
water quality studies for the entire Harpeth River system. After years of advocating by HRWA, this effort will be a showcase in Tennessee for a collaborative approach among the municipalities in the greater Nashville region that are along the river.

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State (TDEC), HRWA, and City of Franklin announce tighter water withdrawal permit on Harpeth

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), city of Franklin and Harpeth River Watershed Association (HWRA) announced today the issuance of a new Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) authorizing water withdrawal from the Harpeth River for Franklin’s water treatment plant, as well as future construction of a new intake structure.

Joint press release as pdf.

Photo:  Harpeth River restored after Lowhead Dam removal project to upgrade Franklin's intake.  

Photo credit:  Tom Thomson.

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American Rivers Names Harpeth River One of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2015

American Rivers names the Harpeth River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015, highlighting the threat that sewage pollution and excessive water withdrawals pose to clean water and public health.

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HRWA Members and Volunteers Part of Academic Survey of U. of Louisville: Please Complete Survey

My name is Professor Daniel A. DeCaro, at the University of Louisville Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility. I'm contacting you about a research project I'm doing with Prof. Tony Arnold (director) to better understand the role that legal and public participation processes play in effective watershed governance and protection in the Harpeth River Watershed. Specifically, we would like to invite you to participate in an online survey, about the general types of watershed governance (i.e., decision making), legal, and participatory methods that you prefer, and why that might be the case. 

 This particular survey is part of a larger research project, in which we are conducting background research on each watershed and interviews with key leaders and staff members at Harpeth River Watershed Organization.

Click here to complete survey.

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Harpeth River Watershed Association Analysis of Franklin’s Water Withdrawals Confirmed by State

Contact:  Harpeth River Watershed Association: 615-479-0181

See for details or contact HRWA for documents.

Nashville, TN (December 22, 2014)–On December 11, the TN Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) issued a revision letter to its mid-November Commissioner’s Determination stating that it was in error and that the analysis provided by the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) was correctly based on the City of Franklin’s own data of daily amounts of water withdrawn from the Harpeth River.  

HRWA is encouraged that TDEC recognized that HRWA’s six-year analysis provided important insight on the need to accurately measure the Harpeth River’s flow at the withdrawal point so that the City of Franklin can be confident they are operating in accordance with the permitted water withdraw limits. 

HRWA is also encouraged that with this communication TDEC also states that it will schedule a meeting with the City of Franklin, HRWA and the Southern Environmental Law Center to “clearly define the method for determining and reporting compliance with the permit limits.”

“This is a very simple but important issue.  The City and the State need to know how much water is in the Harpeth at the point and time where the City withdraws … Period.” states Matt Dobson, President of HRWA’s Board of Directors.

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NISSAN Supports HRWA's Efforts to Protect and Restore the State Scenic Harepth River

NISSAN $50,000 donation aids protection of the Harpeth River and clean water in Tennessee

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (September 24, 2014) – Today Nissan announces a $50,000 program grant to the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) – a science-based conservation organization that is dedicated to the long-term health and enjoyment of the 125-mile-long Harpeth River and its 1,000 miles of tributaries. Outside of the Amazon and Mekong, the Harpeth River is part of the biologically unique river systems of the Southeast that contain a greater variety of aquatic life than anywhere else in the world. 

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Vicki Smith, Nissan NA,  615-725-0749

Dorene Bolze, HRWA, 615-790-9767


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