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Scope/Content: Abstract: The objective of this plan was to gather data to characterize the physical, chemical and biological components of the impoundment above the lowhead dam in Franklin, Tennessee for future use in a dam removal feasibility study. Data was collected on water and sediment volume, sediment particle size and distribution, potential contaminates including RCRA metals and organics (SVOCs), chemical and physical parameters of the water, and fish, mussel and macroinvertibrate inventories. This study, conducted by Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA), with help from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), was funded by TWRA following their recommendation of removal of the lowhead dam during a review of an Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) sought by the City of Franklin concerning drinking water withdrawal. While wildlife and recreational uses of the river were of concern, so was the fact that there had been a battery reclamation plant twenty-two miles upstream that had operated for nearly fifty years and that had undergone a RCRA remediation for lead. Partners and advisors in this process include staff from TWRA, TDEC's Division of Water Pollution Control (TDEC WPC), United States Geologic Survey (USGS), US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and private sector expert advisors to HRWA.1 In December of 2007, TDEC issued an ARAP to the City of Franklin for water withdrawal that mandated a dam removal feasibility study and removal of the dam if it is deemed feasible. This determination had the effect of turning our study into the initial phase of the mandated feasibility study since we had already planned on gathering all of the preliminary data needed for a removal feasibility study. Scope/Content: Dam type: concrete Scope/Content: Date constructed: 1963. Date removed: 2012.