September Big Splash


Upcoming Events

September 7, 6-8pm
First Thursday Art Reception at City Hall

September 12, 1pm
Sonoco Recycling Facility Tour (Members Only)

September 13, 3-4:30pm
GCWA Technical Committee Meeting (Owens Field Airport)

September 14, 4-6pm
GCWA Board Meeting (Owens Field Airport)

September 16, 10am-2pm
Summer Celebration of Water (Riverfront Park)

September 16
River Sweep/Beach Sweep Day

September 29
Decker Center Opening Ceremony
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Gills Creek Elegies Art Exhibit

Thursday, September 7th
6-8pm at City Hall

Gills Creek Elegies, an exhibition of photographs by Gunars Strazdins, is currently on display 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:
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 or 803-727-8326.

Grant Opportunities

Conservation Education Mini-Grant: Applications are due by September 29th to be considered for fall funding. Grants are available to schools in Richland County with awards ranging from $500 to $1000. Projects must focus on environmental and conservation related issues such as litter cleanups, wildlife habitat, nature trails, etc. Click the link above for more information.

Palmetto Pride has several grant openings including the Community Pride Grant for litter reduction, the Litter Trashes Everyone Education grant for students, and the Tree Grant which provides trees for planting projects. Click the link above for more information on these great opportunities.

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

New and Returning Members

Thank you to our newest Gills Creek Watershed Association Members!
  • Tom Kohlsaat
  • Mark Binkley
  • James Young
  • Frederick Perry
  • Councilman Jim Manning
  • Ellen Skidmore
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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