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Franklin Water Week 2023
April 30 - May 7
Franklin Water Week returns from April 30th to May 7th, 2023.
Join the Cumberland River Compact in celebrating Water Week in the City of Franklin! Businesses and organizations across the city are invited to share the importance of clean and abundant water.
How to Participate:
Explore Your Water System: Do you know where your water comes from? Join us on the first day of Water Week as we share about where you get your water and how the natural and man-made water system helps keep our water clean.
Go Green for Clean Water: From big park projects to small home gardens, everyone can make an impact on water quality! Learn about projects happening in your community and the techniques that you can implement at home.
Enjoy River Friendly Farms: Good food and clean water — what more do you need? Take a look at local farmers who are feeding your community and stewarding the land.
Clean Up for Clean Water: Gather your friend, neighbors, or coworkers and commit to adopting a local stream segment! With our Adopt-a-Stream program, you are paired up with a local stream segment and host clean-ups or other stewardship activities to help your local waterway.
Experience Your Water: It’s time to get out and experience water in Franklin! Find a local spot to get on the water, enjoy a waterway, and experience local wildlife.
Water Week Giveaway!
Enter to win a FreeGarden Earth Composter courtesy of the City of Franklin!
Businesses and community organizations can participate in Franklin Water Week in many different ways! You can share information on your social media channels, hang up a Water Week poster, join our Adopt-a-Stream program in your neighborhood, donate a prize to giveaway throughout the week, or host the Cumberland River Compact staff in your store.
If you are a business or community organization interested in participating in Franklin Water Week, you can request access to marketing materials or reach out to Ellen.Messerly@cumberlandrivercompact.org
Franklin Water Week Events:
April 25th: Mayoral Declaration for Water Week at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting (7 pm)
Join us as Mayor Ken Moore read the official proclamation of Franklin Water Week! More information and agendas will be posted on the BOMA webpage.
April 29th: City of Franklin Arbor Day Celebration at Pinkerton Park. (10am-12pm)
Come say hello to the Cumberland River Compact and other community partners who will share how trees and other green practices can improve water quality.
May 6th: Shop the East Franklin Farmers Market (9am-2pm)
Shop the East Franklin Farmers Market (located at 2080 Turning Wheel Lane) and stop by the Cumberland River Compact table to learn more about our River Friendly Farms program. The River Friendly Farms certification program recognizes farmers who are good stewards of land and water resources, educates the public about the importance of their efforts, and supports their conservation journey.
May 6th: Rain Garden Planting and Maintenance at Harlinsdale Park (12pm-4pm)
Volunteer with the Cumberland River Compact to improve rain gardens at Harlinsdale Park. You will help replant and replace plants to make the garden more beautiful and more functional! Rain gardens help slow down and naturally infiltrate stormwater preventing pollution from entering nearby waterways.
May 6th: Water Week Celebration at Paddle Dog in Westhaven (4pm-6pm)
Join us to celebrate Franklin Water Week with a happy hour at Paddle Dog! The first round of dogs and brews are on the Compact.
These local businesses are sharing information about Franklin Water Week with their customers and employees.
Taziki’s, Mafioza’s, Paddle Dog, Franklin Bakehouse, Enviroscience, Herban Market, Wilder, Americana Taphouse, East Franklin Farmer’s Market, 55 South, Avec Moi, Awaken Tennesseee, Bink’s Outfitters, Boutque MMM, Citizen, Cork & Cow, Culaccino, Dino’s South, EMMALINE, Finnely’s, Franklin Road Apparrel, Habit, Heart and Hands, Hester and Cook, heylee b, Imago Dei, Johnnie Q, Kelly Spalding Design, Kilwins Franklin, Landmark Booksellers, McCreary’s Irish Pub and Eatery, Mimi & Dottie, Olivia’s Olive Oil, Puckett’s, Rock Paper Scissors, Rooted from Yarrow Acres, Savory Spice Shop, Southern Grace Collective, The Cellar on Main, The Heirloom Shop Franklin, The Parker House on Main, The Registry, Tin Cottage, Twine Screen Printing, Vue Optique, White’s Mercantile, Biscuit Love, Franklin Mercantile Deli, Merridee’s Breadbasket, The Iron Gate, Anthropologie, DN Gallery, Evereve, Sweet Ceces, Franklin Visitor Center, Chico’s, The Green Room, Sweet Haven, Burger Dandy.
About the Harpeth River Watershed:
The Harpeth River watershed includes all lands and waters that drain to the Harpeth River–about 863 square miles! The Harpeth River itself is 125 miles long, originating in headwater streams near the small town of Eagleville. The City of Franklin withdraws water from both the Harpeth River and the Cumberland River, where the Harpeth drains. En route to the Cumberland River, the Harpeth takes on the Little Harpeth, Big Turnbull Creek, and Jones Creek. Keep an eye out for river otters within the watershed. They’re making a comeback, and families of as many as 17 have been spotted! If it’s birding you’re into, head to Radnor. Many species of waterfowl have made the park their winter destination of choice and species include wood duck, canvasback, gadwall, bufflehead, American black duck, and more.
The Harpeth River is not immune to the impacts of pollution. The most common water issues within the Harpeth River Watershed are sediment pollution, altered streamside vegetation, and pathogen pollution. The sources of impairment include agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and land development.
Thankfully, there are many people dedicated to keeping the Harpeth River clean. The Cumberland River Compact is just one organization that works on water health in Franklin. The Harpeth Conservancy has also done excellent work supporting water quality in the region–you can check out their projects and work on their website.