Plans & Information
Links to Information and Resources...
A working group in the Gills Creek Watershed Association has developed an aspirational plan to preserve the relatively undeveloped stretch of Gills Creek from the Lake Katharine dam to the Congaree River as a greenway and a blueway. The plan identifies a number of specific areas and suggests ways to utilize these areas.
The Gills Creek Watershed Association received a $15,000 grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission contract with a consultant to complete a master plan. The final results of this project will be a community endorsed Middle Watershed Plan with greenways, blueways, best management practices for handling stormwater, and stream restoration projects.
"In the past year, Gills Creek and Gills Creek Watershed Association went from being little known and misunderstood entities, to suddenly being at the center of one of the worst flooding events in Columbia’s history. Our tiny, but well-positioned organization was able to be a reliable source of news and information in the days and weeks following the flood."
Gills Creek Watershed Association Strategic Plan
The Gills Creek Watershed Association three year plan was approved in December 2010. The strategic plan was created with input of community stakeholders, volunteers, board members, and staff and was facilitated by the River Network. Here is an executive summary of the plan and the full document.
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The purpose of the 2009 Roundtable was to provide a formalized facilitation of developers, environmentalists, and regulators to discuss changes in upcoming Richland County land use/development regulations impacting water quality. The Roundtable came to consensus on 21 principles that were adopted by Richland County Council. Over time these principles will be made into county regulations that will improve water quality in watersheds throughout Richland County including the Gills Creek watershed.
Richland County Recommended Development Principles
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Prepared for Richland County Stormwater Management by Tetra Tech and BP Barber. Presented May 2009.
The Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan has been developed as a cooperative effort between the GCWA, Richland County, the City of Columbia, The University of South Carolina, SCDHEC, Tetra Tech and BP Barber in order to provide a comprehensive framework for the achievement of the stated goals of the community. The report provided herein addresses current watershed conditions, including pollutant sources and types, development conditions, environmental conditions such as stream and buffer quality, and flooding concerns.
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View our current brochure online or download it. It has information about the watershed and forms to use to join or become a sponsor. Printed versions are available.
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A general information Power Point presentation (converted to PDF) used to introduce stakeholder groups to the watershed and the Association's mission and vision.
An Urban Nonpoint Source Project: Richland County, S.C. February 1994-September 1996
This document was prepared by DHEC in 1996, but it outlines many of the things we are trying to get done today.
The Gills Creek Watershed Project
Report to The Civic League, Columbia, South Carolina, by Kelsey & Guild, Landscape Architects, Boston, Mass. 1905
Among other things, this document proposed the establishment of an outer system of parks encircling Columbia beginning at the Broad River where Crane Creek flows into it in North Columbia, following Crane Creek over to Gills Creek, down through the lakes, and then all the way to where Gills Creek enters the Congaree River.
The Improvement of Columbia South Carolina Kelsey & Guild
An outline of historical developments in the Gills Creek Watershed.
Gills Creek Watershed Historical Time Line
Some of these documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click here to download the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Other documents including previous annual reports, and board and committee meeting minutes are available in our Archive...