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Harpeth one of two Tenn. rivers listed as "endangered"

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Tennessee is the only state in the country to have two rivers listed as "endangered" by the environmental group American Rivers.

The Holston River in East Tennessee ranks number three on the list. The Harpeth River in Middle Tennessee is listed at number nine. Erin McCombs with American Rivers says the Harpeth made the list because of the City of Franklin's sewer plant.

"During the summer when we have really low periods of flow, the entire volume of the stream is sometimes up to around a third of effluent coming from the wastewater treatment plant, and often times we have elevated levels of pollutants."

American Rivers is calling on state officials and the E-P-A to take steps to ensure the Franklin uses the latest technology to reduce pollution to the river.

A spokesperson for the city says Franklin recently created a water resource plan and is in the process of implementing a sewer plant upgrade.

You can review the complete report online.