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NISSAN Renews $50,000 grant to HRWA for Conservation Leadership Efforts

Donation from Nissan North America supports expansion of program efforts to expand river system water quality monitoring program and develop model pollution reduction plan

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 13, 2016) – Today Nissan announced a $50,000 program grant to the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) that supports the organization’s efforts on new pollution reduction plan and water quality studies for the entire Harpeth River system. Nissan North America has been a partner of HRWA since the company moved to Tennessee, with nine annual grants totaling $450,000 since 2008.   In partnership with HRWA and other stakeholders, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be leading this all-inclusive effort, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will also contribute its time and expertise.

“Nissan’s support for nearly 10 years as a lead corporate partner has enabled HRWA to have important success working collaboratively to develop and then champion solutions for the Harpeth River that are having national impact in how to improve water quality and protect wildlife and public health as a core component of regional economic development,” said Dorene Bolze, HRWA Executive Director. “As part of our vision for the next 15 years, our two new senior program staff will enable us to expand our capacity to help foster and expand partnerships around Tennessee and the Southeast that will help restore rivers and improve water quality for all Tennesseans.”

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FEDERAL JUDGE APPROVES COURT-ENFORCEABLE SETTLEMENT OF HRWA LAWSUIT

NASHVILLE, TN, (August, 17, 2016)– The Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) announced that Judge Sharp of the US District Court in Nashville has approved the settlement of the federal Clean Water Act citizen suit brought by HRWA against the City of Franklin, TN in August 2014.   The court-enforceable settlement is designed to bring Franklin into compliance with the terms of the state permit for the city’s sewage treatment plant.  Franklin’s sewer plant is the largest single source of permitted discharge of pollutants into the State Scenic Harpeth River. 

In 2015, American Rivers named the Harpeth River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers ® highlighting the threat sewage pollution and excessive water withdrawals pose to clean water and public health.   The river’s water quality is impaired from unacceptably high levels of pollutants that feed harmful algae growth that can cause dangerous conditions for wildlife and public health according to the TN Department of Environment and Conservation.

“Protecting the Harpeth from threats of increasing pollution like those that have contributed to toxic situations around the country – and internationally -- is central to HRWA’s mission,” said Matthew Dobson, Chairman of HRWA’s Board of Directors.  “This court-enforceable settlement, if faithfully implemented by Franklin, will improve the water quality of this very popular Tennessee State Scenic river resource flowing through Nashville and one of the fastest growing regions of our state and country.” 

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Harpeth River Dam Removal in Tennessee Receives National Legacy Project Award

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (June 6, 2015)– This year, the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) nominated Harpeth River Lowhead Dam Removal and Stream Restoration Project was recognized as one of the National Fish Habitat Partnership’s (NFHP) 10 “Waters to Watch” Legacy projects http://bit.ly/1XpTcuO. The Harpeth River, one of the most ecologically, culturally, historically, and recreationally significant rivers in Tennessee, drains nearly 900 square miles in Middle Tennessee and flows through one of the fastest growing areas in the countryIt is a state designated Scenic River in Nashville.

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City of Franklin, HRWA Reach Settlement Agreement over Harpeth River Lawsuit

Franklin— The City of Franklin and the conservation organization, Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA), have resolved their differences regarding the City’s operation of its Water Reclamation Facility, ending a 2014 federal Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by HRWA in which HRWA has been represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). The parties are moving forward and are participating in a comprehensive study focusing on the entire the Harpeth River watershed, the first such study in the State of Tennessee. This study, led by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), will involve other stakeholders associated with the Harpeth River and will assess the health of and the risks to the Harpeth River and its tributaries. The study will document and establish a plan to ensure activities and priorities in the Harpeth River watershed are accounted for so the river will meet water quality standards.

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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.

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

Photo credit:  Tom Thomson.

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