July Big Splash


Upcoming Events

August 3, 6-8pm
First Thursday Art Exhibit at City Hall

August 8, noon-1pm
GCWA Educatoin Committee Meeting (Forest Lake Presbyterian Church)

August 9, 3-4:30pm
GCWA Technical Committee Meeting (Owens Field Airport)

August 26, 10am-noon
GCWA Adopt-a-Highway cleanup (2000 S. Beltline)
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Gills Creek Elegies Art Exhibit

Gills Creek Elegies, an exhibition of photographs by Gunars Strazdins, will be on display from July 6 through September 30, 2017, at the Gallery at City Hall. Taken over 25 years ago, the images continue to resonate as a visual eulogy for Gills Creek in the aftermath of the October 2015 flood. 
Strazdins has donated the entire collection of 20 framed artists’ proofs to the Gills Creek Watershed Association to further its mission to protect and restore this landscape. The photographs are available for purchase via an online auction through September 30.  For more information please visit: gillscreekwatershed.org/gills_creek_elegies.html.
The Gallery at City Hall, at the Corner of Main and Laurel Streets, is open Monday – Friday, 8:30-5:00, and First Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00.  A reception open to the public will be held Thursday, September 7.  Strazdins, a retired professor in USC School of Visual Art and Design, will speak at 7:00 pm.  The exhibition space is a project of One Columbia for Arts & History.

For additional information contact Erich Miarka at erich.miarka@gillscreekwatershed.org or 803-727-8326.

Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup

The Gills Creek Watershed Association is holding a cleanup along S. Beltline Blvd. on Saturday, August 26 from 10am to noon. We'll have all of the cleanup supplies, just bring a water bottle and a good pair of shoes. Meet at the Intertape Polymer Group parking lot (2000 S. Beltline) at 10am.

River Sweep Day 2017

Start planning now for the 2017 Beach Sweep/River Sweep Day on September 16, 2017. Beach Sweep / River Sweep - organized by S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources - is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina's beaches and waterways. Every third Saturday in September thousands of South Carolinians volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual event for South Carolina since 1988 and is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, which involves several hundred- thousand volunteers in over 75 nations.

To register as a site captain contact Bill Marshall at 803-734-9096 or marshallb@dnr.sc.gov.

New Members

Thank you to our newest Gills Creek Watershed Association Members!
  • Tamala Ashford
  • Martha and Sterling Beckman
  • Mark and Jane Salley
  • Sally Sue Brown
  • James Boylston
  • Natalie Kaufman
  • Ed and Polly Tilden
  • Dee Dee Williams
  • Dr. David Whiteman
  • Tommy Thomason
  • Jean Prothro
  • Michael Criss
  • Anne Palyok
Thank you for helping us achieve our mission of restoring and protecting Gills Creek Watershed.
The Gills Creek Watershed Association works to restore and protect Gills Creek and its tributaries through key public and private partnerships.
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