Gills Creek Watershed Association The Big Splash eNewsletter


November 6, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Member and Friend Survey, Annual Members Meeting, Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2018 Calendar Call for Photos, New and Renewing Members, Upcoming Events
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October 17, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek 2018 Calendar Call for Photos, Member Survey, Gills Creek Litter and Debris Removal, New and Renewing Members, Upcoming Events
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September 6, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek Elegies Art Exhibit, Grant Opportunities, Beach Sweep/River Sweep, New Members, Upcoming Events
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August 2, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek Elegies Art Exhibit, Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup, Beach Sweep/River Sweep, New Members, Upcoming Events
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July 7, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek Elegies Art Exhibit, Owens Field Trail Ribbon Cutting, Beach Sweep/River Sweep, New Member, Upcoming Events
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June 7, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Storm Drain Awareness., Art Volunteers Needed, New Sponsor, Upcoming Events
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March 2, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Wine For Water Fundraiser 2017, Gills Creek Greenway Public Meeting Comment Period, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Decker Blvd Cleanup, Upcoming Events
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February 23, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: ACTION NEEDED: Gills Creek Greenway Public Meeting Comment Period
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February 10, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek Greenway Public Meeting, Great American Cleanup on Decker, Upcoming Events
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January 17, 2017

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Palmetto Pride Litter Reduction Grant, February Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup, Pen Branch Water Quality Monitoring, Upcoming Events
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December 9, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Owens Field Green Infrastructure Site Visit, Pen Branch Water Quality Monitoring, Little Jackson Creek Stream Restoration Project Wins Award, Upcoming Events
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November 4, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Volunteer Cleanups, Owens Field Stormwater Project, Upcoming Events
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October 6, 2016

The 2015 Flood One Year Out


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September 15, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Annual Member's Meeting, Beach Sweep/River Sweep, Upcoming Events
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August 10, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: City of Columbia Flood Recovery, River Sweep/Beach Sweep, Richland County Stormwater and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Opportunities, Upcoming Events
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July 15, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Get Ready for Beach Sweep/River Sweep, Tasty Tomato Festival, Amazon Smile, Upcoming Events
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June 14, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Flood Recovery Update, Best of Columbia, Upcoming Events
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May 12, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Wine For Water Recap, Pond Management 101, Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale, Volunteer Cleanups, Upcoming Events
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April 14, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Wine For Water Fundraiser, Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring, Volunteer Cleanups, Upcoming Events
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March 29, 2016

Wine For Water 2016

Wine For Water, an Earth Day wine tasting event, Wednesday, April 20 from 6 to 8:30pm at the Hall at Senate's End.
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March 8, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Volunteer Cleanups, DHEC Dam Summit, Storm Drain Marking, Upcoming Events
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February 5, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek Greenway A Public Meeting, Stream Cleanups, Dr. Julian Alexander "Nat" Salley Donations, Upcoming Events
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January 8, 2016

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Stream Cleanups, 2016 Gills Creek Calendars, Storm Drain Marking, Upcoming Events
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December 4, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: EPA Environmental Justice Grant, Stream Cleanups, Upcoming Events
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October 20, 2015

Gills Creek Flood 2015 - Disaster Information

The weather has been great and recovery efforts are in full swing. Many folks have been asking about the recovery and repair process. Read our newsletter for some useful information and resources for those affected by the recent storm and flood.
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October 12, 2015

Gills Creek Flood 2015 - What To Do Now

Conditions in Gills Creek Watershed continue to improve. Spring Lake Dam and Beaver Dam are still stable and the lake levels are dropping. Gills Creek came up a couple of feet during Saturday's rain but no new flooding or dam failures were reported.
Information on what to do now, links to resources, upcoming public meetings.

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October 8, 2015

Gills Creek Watershed Association Disaster Relief Information

The conditions in the watershed are stabilizing and things are looking up. The information being reported about the lakes and dams has been shaky at best. Here is what we know for sure.
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September 8, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Urban Paddle and Annual Members Meeting, Beach Sweep/River Sweep Day, Trash the Poop!, Upcoming Events
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August 12, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Sanitary Sewer Overflows in the Midlands, National River/Beach Sweep Day, GCWA Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup, Upcoming Events
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July 7, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Orphanage Branch Development Update, Wildcat Creek Greenway Planning, Upcoming Events
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June 8, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Forest Acres Buffer Ordinance, Orphanage Branch Development Update, Upcoming Events
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May 1, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Midlands Gives, Wine For Water Recap, Forest Acres Buffer Ordinance, Upcoming Events
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April 6, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Wine For Water, Forest Acres Buffer Ordinance, Invasive Plant Removal Workday
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March 6, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Wine For Water, Forest Acres Buffer Ordinance, Orphanage Branch Development, Invasive Plant Removal Workday
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February 9, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Forest Acres Buffer Ordinance public hearing, Wine For Water Save The Date, Orphanage Branch Development Forest Acres Planning Commission hearing, plus upcoming GCWA events.
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January 20, 2015

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Forest Acres Buffer Ordinance, Annual Report, Volunteer Opportunities, Middle Watershed Update, Upcoming Events
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August 6, 2014

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Adopt-A-Highway Litter Pick-Up, Urban Paddle and Picnic, EPA Clean Water Act Rule Change, Walk-Bike Columbia, Upcoming Events
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July 3, 2014

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Owens Field Park site walkthrough, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Presentation with Dr Warner Montgomery, City and County Plan Together Workshops, Upcoming Events
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June 12, 2014

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Edens Funding Pledge - Owens Field Park Improvement Project - Calendar of Events
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May 7, 2014

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue:Wine for Water Wine Tasting Re-cap, Owens Field Park Project, Adopt-a-Highway Trash Pickup, GCWA Calendar of Events
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April 11, 2014

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue:Wine for Water Wine Tasting, Little Jackson CreekProject, Forest Acres Buffer Ordinance, GCWA Calendar of Events
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March 13, 2014

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Aerial Photos, Wine for Water, Volunteers Needed, GCWA Calendar of Events
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February 7, 2014

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Eightmile Branch Erosion, Volunteers Needed, Adopt-a-Highway, GCWA Calendar of Events
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December 4, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Owens Field Park Grant, End-of-year Charitable Giving, Penny Sales Tax Update, GCWA Calendar of Events
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November 5, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: GCWA Annual Meeting, Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up, GCWA Calendar of Events
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October 4, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Columbia Rotary Club Next Generation Auction, Rocky Branch Bash, GCWA Calendar of Events
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August 5, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek USGS Gage, City of Columbia Commercial Node Study open house, Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup, GCWA Calendar of Events
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June 7, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Student Poster Contest, Tasty Tomato Festival, Devils Ditch Project Update, GCWA Calendar of Events
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June 7, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Middle Watershed Informational Open House, Adopt a Gills Creek Cat, GCWA Calendar of Events
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May 15, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Wine For Water Recap, Middle Watershed Consultant Visit, Adopt a Highway Cleanup, GCWA Calendar of Events
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April 5, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Wine For Water Wine Tasting & Fundraiser, Carolina Yards and Neighborhoods Online Class, Green Drinks, GCWA Calendar of Events
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March 12, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Gills Creek Parkway Resurfacing Plan, Cary Lake Water Quality Committee, Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up, Green Drinks, GCWA Calendar of Events
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February 5, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Partner for a Healthy Watershed, Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup, Dent Middle School Future City Competition, GCWA Calendar of Events
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January 1, 2013

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: GCWA Calendar of Events, Dent Middle School Future City Competition, Schools Earth Day Mini-Grants, Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup
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December 13, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: GCWA Calendar of Events, 2012 Christmas Bird Count, Middle Watershed Plan Update, Composting, New Board Members
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November 8, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: GCWA Third Annual Meeting, Board Member Nominees, Adopt-a-Highway Clean-Up, Calendar of Events, Do you know what to do with dog poop? New T-shirts
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October 8, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Introducing our new Program Coordinator Erich Miarka, Penny Sales Tax Greenway Funding Update, Calendar of Events, Do you know what a Riparian Buffer is? New T-shirts
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August 23, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up, Summer Celebration of Water, Penny Sales Tax Greenway Funding for Gills Creek, Calendar of Events, New T-shirts
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July 11, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Membership Celebration Event July 22, Calendar of Events, New T-shirts
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June 4, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Our Program Coordinator Jessica Artz Leaving For Texas, Calendar of Events, Membership Appreciation Event, Composting Is Great For Water Quality
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May 1, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Backyard Landscaping Mini Series, GCWA's Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup, Richland County Development Roundtable Public Meeting, Calendar Of Events
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April 6, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: 100 new members in 100 days!, Urban Paddle & Country Picnic wrap-up, Announcing Partners for Healthy Watersheds, Take Action Page, Calendar Of Events
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February 13, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Urban Paddle & Country Picnic Date Change To March 25, Calendar Of Events
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February 3, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Urban Paddle & Picnic, Volunteers Needed For Two Clean-Ups, Cross Hill Food Truck Rodeo Success, Did You Know About Soil Testing?, Calendar Of Events
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January 6, 2012

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Crosshill Market Food Truck Rodeo, Richland County Trash Racks, Adopt A Highway Clean Up, Did You Know About Dog Poop?
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December 12, 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Calendar of events, Eagle Scout Eight Mile Branch clean up , iRanger Project Update, Raingarden Volunteers needed
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November 3, 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Calendar of events, Wine For Water wrapup, volunteer opportunities, new board members
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October 14, 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: GCWA Annual Meeting, Wine For Water Wine Tasting & Fundraiser
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October 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: GCWA Annual Meeting, Wine For Water Wine Tasting & Fundraiser, Gills Creek Photo Contest, Upper Rockyford Lake Clean Up, Calendar of Events
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August 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Second Annual Wine For Water Wine Tasting and Fundraiser, Gills Creek Photo Contest, Cary Lake Vidoe, IPhone Volunteers Needed
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July 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

In This Issue: Looking for Volunteers, Water Quality Sampling, Join the GCWA Now, Friend Us On Facebook, View Our Videos On Our Youtube Channel
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June 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Urban Paddle and Picnic. New Sponsor: Dennis Corporation. Gills Creek Roadway Signs
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May 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Urban Paddle and Picnic. Renewed Sponsors. Celebrate National Trails Day. River Rally Conference.
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April 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

City of Columbia's Trash the Grease Program. National River Rally Conference. Volunteers Needed for upcoming local events. Check out the GCWA Website and Facebook Page. Request for Gills Creek pictures.
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February 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Request for Gills Creek pictures. Richland County Stormwater Consortium commercial. River Rally Conference coming up in Charleston. Watershed Clean-ups Reports. Technical Committee recruiting volunteers. Win a Doggie Dooley!
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January 2011

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Good luck to Jim Wilson and congrats to Buddy Atkins! Adopt a portion of the Gills Creek Watershed to clean-up and maintain. Win a Doggie Dooley! Green Development Grant offered by Richland County Conservation Commission. Cary Lake Clean-Up February 19, 2011.
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December 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Congratulations to our coordinator Jessica Artz and her husband Jon as they welcomed their baby boy, Miles Ernest, born on November 8! The GCWA has been asked to play a role in an ongoing effort to address sedimentation problems in Lake Katharine and Little Lake Katharine. We are exploring the potential use of an iPhone application to allow volunteers to record photos and document various trouble spots within the watershed.
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October 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

The GCWA Annual Meeting at the Clemson House included 41 members from across the watershed. Congratulations to our new officers! Thanks to our newest supporters: Richland County Conservation Commission, Richland County Conservation District, and Little Lake Katharine HOA. Lake Katharine clean-up Saturday, November 20.
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September 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Please attend the GCWA Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 17th from 3-5pm at the Clemson Sandhills Lake House. Come visit GCWA Saturday, September 2 from 8:30-2:00 at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for the Building Healthy Communities Planning Conference. Thanks to our newest supporters! The Forest Lake Property Owners' Association, The Lake Katharine Homeowner's Association, Fuss and O'Neill, and Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
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August 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Save the Date! GCWA Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 17th 3-5pm at the Clemson Sandhills Lake House. GCWA's Annual Report for 2010 is now available, plus the GCWA Promotional Video.
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July 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

1st Annual Wine For Water was a success! Summer Celebration of Water, Riverfront Park, Saturday August 28, 9am-2pm. Sustainable Midlands needs volunteers for a Columbia Canal project August 11 or August 13.
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June 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Join us at the 1st Anuual Wine for Water Fundraiser on Sunday, July 18, from 4:30-8:30pm at Cook's Mountain in Eastover, SC. The event will include wine tasting of 10 different whites and 10 different reds, food, games for children, and nature hikes led by Yancey McLeod. Tickets are $25/person and $20 for neighbor members. The Gills Creek Watershed Association is introducing the Reel 'Em In Campaign to build our support network and get the word out about the Gills Creek Watershed. We are asking our current members to talk to everyone they know and recruit at least five new members. Gills Creek Watershed Association Board Retreat report.
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May 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Join us at the 1st Anuual Wine for Water Fundraiser on Sunday, July 18, from 4:30-8:30pm at Cook's Mountain in Eastover, SC. The event will include wine tasting of 10 different whites and 10 different reds, food, games for children, and nature hikes led by Yancey McLeod. Tickets are $25/person and $20 for neighbor members. Welcome our newest sponsors Marjorie and Jim Hightower, and Julie and Mark Mayson! The Gills Creek Watershed Association partnered with the University of South Carolina to conduct water quality sampling all over the watershed for E. coli, Ammonia, and Biochemical Oxygen Demand.
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April 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Join us on May 8th for a cleaning and clearing event in the lower end of Gills Creek from Shop Rd to Beckam Swamp Rd on May 8th 9am-1pm. Save the Date! July 18, 2010. Gills Creek on the Mountain! Gills Creek Watershed Association will hold our first fundraiser event of the year on Sunday, July 18th at beautiful Cook's Mountain in Eastover. Please join us for wine, food, friendship and a beautiful view of the Wateree River! Volunteers needed for manning tables at events including the Forest Acres Festival on Saturday, May 22.
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March 24, 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

South Carolina Dam Safety Workshop. SAVE THE DATE to SAVE GILLS CREEK! May 8th 9-1 p.m. Join us on May 8th for a cleaning and clearing event in the lower end of Gills Creek from Shop Rd to Beckam Swamp Rd. Volunteers needed for manning tables at events including All Creatures Great & Small on Sunday, April 18, Forest Lake Presbyterian Church; Earth Day at the State House on Thursday, April 22; Sparkleberry Fair on Saturday, April 24; Nature Fest on Saturday, April 24, Congaree National Park; Rooftop Rythms on Thursday, April 29, Richland Fashion Mall; Rosewood Crawfish Crawl on Saturday, May 1, Rosewood Dr.; and the Forest Acres Festival on Saturday, May 22.
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February 25, 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

New Adopt-A-Waterway locations! The Gills Creek Watershed Association parterns with Keep the Midlands Beautiful on their Adopt-A-Waterway program. Stay up to date on Gills Creek Projects! We have created a new page on our website, called "Projects". The GCWA is ready to expand! We are looking to build a broader and stronger membership base and we need your help. We would like to launch a full membership campaign. Plus upcoming meetings and events.
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January 27, 2010

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

The GCWA has received a grant from Richland County and additional support from SCE&G to create an educational video about the watershed and the GCWA. With the help of the Richland County Development Roundtable, Richland County Council has passed a revised stormwater ordinance. The City of Columbia's Stormwater Permit went into effect on January 25th.
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December 17, 2009

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

GCWA Volunteers Work to Address a Spill at Eight Mile Branch. We welcome new sponsor Upper Rockyford Lake Homeowner's Association. Arcadia Lakes Rain Garden.
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November 25, 2009

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Richland County Council has agreed to adopt the land development principles from the Richland County Development Roundtable process. Update on City of Columbia stormwater permit and Gills Creek TMDL. We welcome new sponsors Spring Lake Company and Water Words That Work. Plus upcoming events.
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October 16, 2009

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

The Wheels Across the Watershed fundraiser was a great success! We welcome new sponsors Forest Lake Property Owner's Association, Fuss & O'Neil, and BP Barber.
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September 29, 2009

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Wheels Across the Watershed Fundraiser - Date: Sunday, October 11th, Time: 3:00-6:30
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September 21, 2009

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

Join the Gills Creek Watershed Association and the Congaree Riverkeeper for Gills Creek Clean-Up II
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August 25, 2009

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

GCWA September 13th Annual Meeting info, August 1st clearing event report, Richland County Stormwater Public Informational Sessions, and more.
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July 22, 2009

GCWA "The Big Splash" Newsletter

GCWA September 13th Annual Meeting annnouncement, Upper Rockyford Lake Trash Boom, and more.
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