A partnership of citizens, government, organizations, and business
dedicated to restoring and protecting the Gills Creek Watershed.
Uniting For Cleaner Water!
Gills Creek Watershed Association
Middle Watershed Greenway/Blueway Plan
A working group in the Gills Creek Watershed Association developed an aspirational plan to preserve the relatively undeveloped stretch of Gills Creek from the Lake Katharine dam to Shop Road as a greenway and a blueway. The plan identified a number of specific areas and suggested ways to utilize these areas. Based on the ideas developed in the initial plan, Gills Creek Watershed Association received a grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission
to complete a Master Plan for the Middle Gills Creek Watershed from Kilbourne Road to Shop Road. Additional funding was provided by Edens
. The master plan contract was awarded to Wood+Partners Landscape Architects
in partnership with McCormick Taylor Engineers & Planners
. The final plan was presented in November 2013.
about the planning process and other background information.
View or download the Gills Creek Middle Watershed Master Plan
as a pdf file.
The Gills Creek Watershed is among the largest impaired urban watersheds in South Carolina, and contains over 70 miles of streams and lakes, and 47,000 acres of land. The watershed is included in the cities of Columbia, Cayce, Forest Acres, and Arcadia Lakes; Richland County, and the US Army's Fort Jackson.
The watershed's headwaters start above Sesquicentennial State Park and flow into the Congaree River just above the Congaree Swamp National Park.
The Gills Creek Watershed Association is dedicated to restoring the watershed through education, grass roots action, public and private partnerships, remediation projects, and controlled development.
The goal is to return the Gills Creek Watershed to a living resource providing recreational opportunities, habitat for native wildlife and plants, and a national model for watershed planning and management.
You can participate by joining the Association, becoming active in the Association's initiatives, spreading the word to your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and promoting the Association and its vision to your elected officials.