Keep The Midlands Beautiful created the Midlands Green Awards to recognize individuals and businesses for their exceptional work in making the Midlands a cleaner, greener, more beautiful community.
At the Thursday, December 5, 2013 Keep The Midlands Beautiful Green Gala, Gills Creek Watershed Association was awarded the Green Non-Profit Award.
"The Gills Creek Watershed Association is very active with Keep the Midlands Beautiful and other community partners. GCWA staff and volunteers participated in eight community events and festivals with thousands of people in attendance and presented to eleven different community groups with over 250 people in attendance at each event. Active in the Keep the Midlands Beautiful Adopt-A-Waterway and Highway programs, GCWA organized and participated in eight cleanups in the Watershed collecting over 200 bags of trash using over 1200 volunteer hours. Through a grant from Richland County Conservation Commission, GCWA was able to hire a consultant to design the Middle Watershed Master Plan. This plan details stream restoration opportunities, kayak/canoe launch points, a greenway from Kilbourne Road to Shop Road along Gills Creek and develops stormwater best management practices. The Gills Creek Watershed is a beautiful section of an urban wilderness area and will provide excellent recreation opportunities for our community. Additionally, the Association applied for, and received, a 319-nonpoint source pollution reduction grant from DHEC. The grant will be used for the development of stormwater best management practices along a new nature trail at Owens Field Park in the Rosewood Community. The Gills Creek Watershed Association has been active with the newly formed Rocky Branch Watershed Alliance that shows their commitment to expanding their influence in the community. Gills Creek Watershed Association staff and volunteers are constantly nurturing new relationships between citizens, government, and businesses and will continue to do so in the future for the sake of Gills Creek Watershed and other urban wilderness areas."