FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Improvements to the Harpeth River should be completed and the area ready for visitors by the end of next month.
Until July, a small metal and concrete dam near Franklin had backed up the river for two miles, creating a pool of drinking water for the city.
Harpeth River Watershed Association Director Dorie Bolze told The Tennessean the dam also created a waterfall that fish couldn't get over. And it tore up the riverbanks and reduced oxygen in a portion of the river.
Today rushing water tumbles between limestone boulders and fish swim freely. A stair-step embankment of logs along the bank will soon be planted with native grasses, flowers and trees.
The dam's removal makes the Harpeth the longest free-flowing river in the state.
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