Crowson Road Stream and Riparian Buffer Restoration
GCWA was awarded a three-year, 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for stream and riparian buffer restoration on Gills Creek along Crowson Road in October 2017. The grant will reduce NPS pollution by restoring approximately1800-feet of Gills Creek to include riparian buffer enhancements and stormwater best management practices. The City of Columbia is providing the majority of matching funds and will maintain the buffer and stormwater improvements. The GCWA is also actively seeking additional funds to enhance and extend the project.
The 3 year grant provides funds to address nonpoint source pollution and improve water quality conditions through an 1800 foot stream restoration project that incorporates a riparian buffer enhancement and stormwater green infrastructure retrofits and BMPs. The City of Columbia has stepped up with matching funds and an agreement to maintain the stormwater improvements. GCWA is actively seeking additional funds to enhance and extend the project.
This project will be integrated into the proposed Gills Creek Greenway A, funded by the Richland County Transportation Penny, from Ft. Jackson Blvd. to Rosewood Drive. The project will improve and enhance the appearance of the Cross Hill/Rosewood Crossing area.
A project steering committee was formed in late-2017 and held its first meeting in late November with key stakeholders including the landowners and representatives from the GCWA, SCDHEC, the City of Columbia and the Richland County Transportation Penny Development Team (PDT). GCWA Board member Dr. James Blake Atkins will chair the committee. The project steering committee held a first meeting in late November.
The goal is to reshape the creek banks, replant the stream buffer with native plants, and reduce stormwater and non-point source pollution entering Gills Creek improving the health of the creek and the appeal of the Cross Hill/Rosewood Crossing area.
We have met with the PDT several times already, and will continue to meet to maintain coordination with the greenway planning.
You will see construction in the area beginning this spring, but that is a City of Columbia sewer line upgrade! We have met with the City regarding this project to ensure planning coordination with the stream restoration plans.
GCWA Seeking Requests for Qualifications
The GCWA is issuing a Request for Statement of Qualifications from engineering and consulting firms to provide professional project management, design and construction management services for this project. One or more qualified firms, or a project team, will be selected to provide planning, design and construction management services through October 2020 or later should the project be extended.
Download the Request for Qualifications.
The RFQ submittal deadline is March 23, 2018.
For information regarding this RFQ, please contact Dr. James Blake Atkins at 803-238-1115 or via email at james.atkins@gillscreekwatershed,org
Supporting and background information is available via the following links:
SCDHEC 319 Grant Proposal...
SCDHEC 319 NPS Grant Application...
Contract between the SCDHEC and GCWA...
GCWA Middle Watershed Plan...
Please note that this conceptual plan has been superseded by the Richland County Transportation Penny Gills Creek Greenway Section A project. The suggested stream and bank improvements are the types we would like to employ as part of this project.
Gills Creek Greenway A information...
City of Columbia Stormwater Outfall Inventory...
Here is an informal study that presents a concept for the area former GCWA president Emily Jones prepared in 2011: Gills Creek at Crowson Road: Peeling Back the Pavement