Lesson on the Harpeth is a family-friendly survey of Harpeth River biodiversity

Lesson on the Harpeth is a family-friendly survey of Harpeth River biodiversity


Harpeth Conservancy and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) are inviting the public to participate as they team up for an educational fish survey in a section of the Harpeth River in Franklin.

The a hands-on, family-friendly river event will help researchers and participants learn more about the more than 50 species of fish that live in the Harpeth River and get up close and
personal with other river critters. This FREE event is a part of Harpeth Conservancy’s Lessons on the Harpeth, a summertime initiative to educate the public about the creatures who live in the river and highlight the extreme diversity of Southeastern rivers (the 3rd most diverse in the world for fish species).

The survey will take place from 10 a.m. until noon at the Eastern Flank Battle Field Park Canoe Access, near 1368 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064.

Harpeth Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) science-based conservation organization dedicated to clean water and healthy ecosystems. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is an independent state agency that manages fish, wildlife, and their habitats. Harpeth Conservancy’s Education Programs are supported by the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation and Middle Tennessee Electric’s SharingChange Grant.

By teaming up with TWRA, Harpeth Conservancy can give field-based education to community members who may not be previously exposed to specific, field-based survey methods. Lessons on the Harpeth is an opportunity for all ages to engage with Harpeth Conservancy and TWRA, while learning about the creatures that live in the Harpeth River.

The Eastern Flank Battlefield is the site of Harpeth Conservancy’s nationally recognized Lowhead Dam Removal and Stream Restoration Project that received the National Fish Habitat Partnership’s (NFHP) 10 “Waters to Watch” Legacy projects. This project removed the only barrier on the Harpeth River, a lowhead dam used to impound water used to supplement the city of Franklin’s drinking water supply, and eliminated a 1.7-mile-long impoundment to reconnect 36 miles of river and restore aquatic habitat that was submerged. The project was a
collaboration between Harpeth Conservancy, the City of Franklin, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), and other state and federal agencies, businesses, and non-profit partners.

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