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On April 7, 2015, national organization American Rivers listed the Harpeth River as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers


August 17, 2016:  Federal Judge Approves Court-Enforceable Settlement of Harpeth Conservancy Lawsuit

June 22, 2016:  Harpeth River Dam Removal in Tennessee Receives National Legacy Project Award

May 10, 2016:  Harpeth Conservancy and City of Franklin Reach Settlement Agreement on Clean Water Act lawsuit!

November 4, 2015:  Federal Judge dismisses City of Franklin legal tactics against Harpeth Conservancy; Free speech legal expert, Paul Levy, an attorney at Public Citizen, in Washington, DC, interviewed by Tennessean says "What they want to do is beat [the watershed association] into the ground...I would say it is a form of bullying."

Click here for recent press on settlement of Harpeth Conservancy Clean Water Act lawsuit, city's legal costs, Department of Justice filing on behalf of Harpeth Conservancy's lawsuit, Tennessean columnist opinion, and more. 



The "America's Most Endangered Rivers" report lists rivers at a crossroads where upcoming key decisions will influence the fates of rivers facing continuing ecological threats.  The list is intended to help spur citizen involvement and public discourse in such decisionmaking in order to reach results that serve communities and restore waterways.

The Harpeth River is at such a crossroad.  Upcoming key decisions on how to reduce the threat of sewage pollution and excessive water withdrawals will determine the river’s future.  Right now 37% of the Harpeth’s over 1000 miles of streams and nearly 60% of the main river do not meet state water quality standards, based on the state’s new report.  However, Harpeth Conservancy is confident that the Harpeth could be the first entire river basin in the state to recover and get a clean bill of health.  This is entirely achievable by building on the current partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies and Harpeth Conservancy along with the two small sewer plant facilities in Williamson County, the business community, and volunteers.  This effective partnership has already accomplished the removal of the lowhead dam and river restoration project in Franklin that has received state and national recognition.   

Harpeth Conservancy hopes that this opportunity will have similar results as the effort to remove the lowhead dam: bringing stakeholders together to ensure a healthy future for the river and our community.

For more information, please feel free to browse the following materials:

Harpeth River Press Release

American Rivers Most Endangered Rivers 2015: Harpeth Listing

Water Quality Impairment Fact Sheet

Tennessean Story: April 7, 2015   print version

News Channel 4 HD WSMV TV's Coverage


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