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We are SO thankful to all of our sponsors, restaurants, silent auction donors, volunteers, and guests who came out to our Wine for Water Annual Fundraiser, helping us make it a HUGE success and raising over $23,000 for our efforts to protect and restore the Gills Creek Watershed! While our event is over, our efforts, and our supporters are not! Please be sure to continue to patron our supporters to show your support of their support!

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:

To view the Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan - 2020 Update, visit our webpage:

We are currently revising the Gills Creek Watershed Management Plan and need your help to identify problem areas and issues. You—our members and friends—are on the ground in the watershed and may be more familiar with areas of severe erosion, runoff, and contamination then our consultants. And you may know of issues that no one else has thought about.

Please go to to share your knowledge and improve the new Watershed Management Plan. Thank you!

Our community suffers from a major, unsightly problem: litter. It’s everywhere you look: on the street, in parking lots, in the ditches, even in our neighborhoods.

All of this trash ends up somewhere, and for a large portion of Richland County, that somewhere is Gills Creek.

Gills Creek used to be a true community asset with clean water, abundant wildlife, even a swimming club. These days, it’s polluted with high levels of bacteria, mercury,and other contaminants that make swimming inadvisable if not downright dangerous. The most obvious problem, though, is the litter.

Workers with C.L. Construction demolish the Title Loans building near Devine Street on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Columbia. The structure stood as a reminder of destructive 2015 flooding.

As folks surrounding Gills Creek begin to build anew following this weekend's record-setting and devastating floods, we're getting a good idea just how the situation deteriorated so quickly.

Mobile users, tap here to see photos of the historic flooding.

Members of the Gills Creek Watershed Association posted an update on their website, giving us the first timeline of events that lead to around 20 inches of rain causing massive flooding in the area.

News Archive

Older articles pertaining to the Gills Creek Watershed are archived below.  Note that links to some on-line news sites may limit the number of articles you can view without a subscription.


Gills Creek News October 26, 2015 - August 28, 2018

Gills Creek News 2007 - October 24, 2015

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