Save the Date for Our Annual Meeting for Members!
When: Thursday, October 21st | 5:30pm-7:00pm
When: October 23, 1-4 pm
Where: Sandhill REC | 900 Clemson Road, Columbia
Bradford pears are not native to the U.S. and have been widely planted in South Carolina for years. While the blossoms are pretty, they have a pungent odor and the trees often break during storms. Even worse, Bradford pear trees directly contribute to one of the worst invasive plant species in the Southeast – the callery pear. This program will give homeowners the option to remove Bradford pears and replace them with native trees.
Property owners are encouraged to exchange up to five (5) Bradford Pear trees for an equal number of FREE, healthy, native, young replacement trees, a one-for-one replacement.
Please pre-register here to participate and get your FREE native tree(s): https://www.clemson.edu/extension/bradford-pear/index.html
- Pre-registration is required: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfP3cusWt-VG4jLKSb9Lp7ZSyhKj3Z9sBYZc7YOzFC0D2VwA/viewform
- Only the property owner can register and get the trees.
- Any South Carolina resident can participate and take part in the program.
- Property owners are responsible for tree removal.
- Take a photo of yourself with the cut tree (a selfie, if you will) and bring it to the exchange event.
- Replacement trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. If your preferred replacement tree is not available at time of distribution, you will be provided with a healthy alternative. Specific tree species cannot be reserved ahead of the event.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Where: Please meet us at the 2122 S. Beltline Blvd parking lot!
Join GCWA along S. Beltline for our Adopt-A-Highway cleanup!
Gills Creek Watershed Association has been participating in Adopt-A-Highway for the past few years. We'd love for you to join us to help keep our watershed clean!
Save the Date for Our Largest Annual Fundraiser!
When: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Where: The Hall at Senate’s End
This special fundraising event will feature a silent auction and a premiere wine pull, as well as food from a variety of local restaurants each paired with a style of wine, and music from a local jazz band! All proceeds from this event will benefit Gills Creek Watershed Association’s work in protecting and restoring Gills Creek for all.
Please click on the map to see the current water level of Gills Creek.
Article in the Post and Courier featuring GCWA, Richland County, and the City of Columbia
Article by The State about GCWA's 319 grant from SCDHEC, with matching funds provided by the City of Columbia, and the great support of Meyers Brothers Properties.
The Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan 2020 Update is complete!
The 2009 Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan has been updated in order to reflect changes in the watershed’s condition over the last ten years and to provide a more explicit listing of projects within the Gills Creek Watershed, along with predicted costs and expected results.
GCWA is grateful to the Richland County Conservation Commission for funding to complete this update. We appreciate McCormick Taylor’s efforts to accomplish the work within our budget, and we are grateful to our Technical Committee members and to the many residents and stakeholders in the watershed who took the time to provide information to guide the Plan update.
Public input allowed pollutant “hotspots” within the watershed to be identified, helping to guide many of the specific projects within this Plan. The Plan also addresses EPA's nine required elements of watershed-based plans, including information such as: pollutant causes, sources, and amounts; current and predicted future development conditions; flooding concerns; best management practices; community engagement; and a schedule for implementing the plan, as well as measures of its success.
This updated Plan will provide myriad options not only for GCWA, but for local governments and others in the watershed. It is meant to be a living document, adjusted as needed to reflect watershed conditions and accommodate new threats, opportunities, and community concerns. We welcome any feedback regarding this Plan update, which can be submitted here: https://arcg.is/PujOn.
To view the Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan - 2020 Update, visit our webpage: https://www.gillscreekwatershed.org/what-we-do/key-documents.
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