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Facts about Gills Creek Watershed
- The headwaters start above Sesquicentennial State Park and flow into the Congaree River below Columbia and just above the Congaree National Park
- It is represented by multiple jurisdictions including the City of Columbia, Richland County, Forest Acres, Arcadia Lakes, Fort Jackson, and the City of Cayce
- It contains over 115 miles of streams
- It covers over 47,000 acres of land
- The population is 140,000
- Land use/land cover in the watershed includes: 51.0% urban land, 25.1% forested land, 13.4% agricultural land, 8.1% forested wetland (swamp), 2.1% water, and 0.3% nonforested wetland (marsh).
- It is among the largest urban impaired watersheds in South Carolina
- Urbanization and development have and continue to cause negative impacts to water quality, including excessive stormwater runoff and sedimentation
- We are all impacting the health of the watershed regardless of where you live within the watershed.