The August Big Splash

Our new Executive Director training for Adopt-A-Stream water quality sampling.

New Executive Director for the GCWA!

Fran Varacalli joined the GCWA on April 9, and the months since have been filled with new connections, energetic activity, and implementation of ongoing plans. Fran has had over 20 years’ leadership in nonprofit conservation organizations, including water quality and watershed programs. She is eager to apply these skills to the GCWA’s mission, and brings new energy to our ongoing projects.
A few examples: The Gills Creek stream restoration and water quality improvement project at Crowson Road, between Ft. Jackson Blvd and Devine, is getting underway. Design should be complete in the coming months, and work can then begin on restoration of Gills Creek and its adjacent banks. Other projects are coming into focus, including Gills Creek Greenway A and potential sites for floodplain preservation. Education and outreach programs are also being planned, with last year’s Drew Lanham presentation being an inspiration for future community outreach. Social events and community clean-ups are also high priority, and discussions are already underway for next year’s Wine for Water.
We welcome your ideas and engagement in these activities and more. And when you get a chance, do welcome Fran to the Gills Creek Watershed community!

Additional Funding Available for Flood Recovery

Richland County received an additional $7.254 million in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to assist residents affected by the October 2015 flood. CDBG-DR funds primarily benefit low- to moderate-income residents living in Richland County, excluding the City of Columbia. To download an application form and for more information, click here.

Get Organized for Beach Sweep/River Sweep 2018!

The 30th annual Sweep will take place Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 9am until noon. Each year Beach Sweep/River Sweep is coordinated by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. GCWA is cleaning up the Crowson Rd area, but we want other groups to register themselves and organize cleanups all over the Watershed! More info...

Attention Educators!

Conservation Programs Available for K-12 Classrooms

Conservation educators from the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District are available to present classroom conservation programs in the 2018-2019 school year. Topics include Vermicomposting in the Classroom, Supersoil: Soil Science 101 and Watershed Explorer. Contact Education Program Coordinator Chanda Cooper or see the County's website for more information.

Environmental Education Association of South Carolina

The Environmental Education Association of South Carolina (EEASC) has several upcoming events for educators!

August Midlands Meet-Up and Tour August 14, 2018
Richland County C&D Landfill
1070 Caughman Rd. N, Columbia, SC 29203
Meetup: 3-4pm Landfill Tour: 4pm-5:30pm

September Midlands Meet-up & Tour September 11, 2018
Lexington County's Edmund Landfill Training Room
498 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SC 29073
Meet-up 3-4pm Landfill Tour 4-5:30pm

More info...

Plus don't forget that GCWA can present to your school class, garden club, neighborhood organization or other group!

Upcoming Events

GCWA Education Committee Meeting, August 7, noon-1pm
GCWA Technical Committee Meeting, August 8, 3-4:30pm
GCWA Board of Directors Meeting, August 9, 4-6pm
See our website for meeting and other event details.

Mark your calendars for Adopt-A-Highway on August 25, and Beach Sweep/River Sweep September 15.
GCWA is looking for a parttime contract bookkeeper! If you are interested, check out the job description and contact information...
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