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Franklin outlines plan to remove Harpeth River dam

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

Franklin officials and advocates laid out a plan Monday to demolish a nearly 50-year-old dam on the Harpeth River.

The six-foot structure was built in 1963, to allow the city to draw drinking water from the river.

Supporters of the demolition said it will allow the waterway to flow naturally and help specifies of fish to thrive.

However, it will lower the water level in some spots and that concerns some residents.

A man who lives near the river says he's worried about what that water level reduction will mean for recreation.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it. That dam has worked really well for the city of Franklin for years. I'm not sure that lowering the pool of it four feet is going to make a huge difference," said resident Dave Crouch.

The project's expected to cost nearly $900,000.  Federal, state and city funding, along with donations, will cover the amount.

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