Crowson Road Study

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.

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...

No later than 5:00 PM, March 5, 2018, all Firms interested in submitting an RFQ concerning this project should email a “Notification of Interest” to the GCWA c/o James B. Atkins at in order to be considered. Reference GCWA 319 Stream Restoration Project in the email subject line. Please send the email “read receipt requested” to ensure delivery, and within the email please provide full contact information for the firm and the point of contact for the RFQ process (email, telephone, mailing address).

Final digital submittals must be either delivered to the GCWA no later than 5:00 PM, March 30, 2018 or post-marked no later than March 30, 2018. Submittals not meeting the deadline criteria will not be considered.

For information regarding this RFQ, please contact Dr. James Blake Atkins at 803-238-1115 or via email at

Supporting and background information is available via the following links:

SCDHEC 319 Grant Proposal...

Contract between the SCDHEC and GCWA...

Gills Creek Greenway A information...

City of Columbia Stormwater Outfall Inventory...

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.

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

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