The Harpeth River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and includes parts of Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Rutherford and Williamson Counties. It includes cool springs with moderate gradient originating in the Inner Nashville Basin and warm water streams with shallow gradient flowing over exposed limestone in the Outer Nashville Basin. Even though the Harpeth River Watershed is mostly rural, a few urbanized areas are developing very rapidly.
The Harpeth River Watershed is approximately 863 square miles and drains to the Cumberland River. The mouth of the Harpeth River is at Cumberland River (Cheatham Lake) mile 152.9. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency manages the 20,810-acre Cheatham Wildlife Management Area near Ashland City. There are 49 Documented Rare Plant and Animal Species in the Harpeth River Watershed.
The most recent version of the Nationwide Rivers Inventory lists portions of four streams in the Harpeth River Watershed:
Other sites within the Harpeth River Watershed include:
In addition, many local interpretive areas are common, most notably, Bowie Park in Fairview and Warner Park in Nashville.
Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality
Chapter 2 - Description of the Harpeth River Watershed
Chapter 3 - Water Quality Assessment of the Harpeth River Watershed
Chapter 4 (1.13mb) - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Harpeth River Watershed
Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Harpeth River Watershed
Chapter 6 - Future Plans
Harpeth River -Total Maximum Daily Load for siltation and habitat alteration in the Harpeth River watershed. Approved 10/31/2002.
Harpeth River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Metals in the Harpeth River Watershed. Approved 07/18/2003.
Harpeth River and Harpeth River Tributaries - Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) developed by EPA for organic enrichment/low dissolved oxygen in the Harpeth River and Harpeth River Tributaries. Approved 09/28/2004.
Harpeth River - Total Maximum Daily Load for E. Coli in the Harpeth River Watershed in Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Rutherford and Williamson Counties. Approved 03/24/2006.