GCWA was awarded a three-year, 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for stream enhancement and water quality improvement on Gills Creek along Crowson Road in October 2017. The grant will reduce NPS pollution by restoring approximately 850 feet of Gills Creek to include 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, Richland County Conservation Commission, and the Richland County Transportation Penny Development Team (PDT). The project area is primarily in the Rosewood Crossing property which is owned by Bright-Meyers LLC.
The goal is to 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.
You will not see construction in the area beginning this spring! The City of Columbia sewer line upgrade has been rescheduled for 2019. We have met with the City regarding this project to ensure planning coordination with the stream restoration plans.