Rock Hill Watershed Plans

Engaging Stakeholders + Citizens

The City of Rock Hill engaged McAdams to develop three watershed plans for the following watersheds in York County, Big Dutchman Creek, Burgis Creek and Tools Fork. Working with a diverse group of partners to guide the process, McAdams created Watershed Plans that are both comprehensive and engaging. The eye-catching and innovative use of graphics, photos, and diagrams allows the reader to understand both the water quality issues, the potential sources of pollution and the management measures that can be deployed to address the pollution sources.

  • Rock Hill, SC
Project Owner
  • City of Rock Hill
Project Size
  • 50,000 acres (approx.)
Services Leveraged
Project Types

McAdams’ approach to watershed plans effectively tells the water quality story while simultaneously reducing the length of these documents significantly, making the watershed plans more accessible for a wider audience. After the watershed plans are approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the communities in York County will have a roadmap to address their water quality concerns. Also, having these watershed plans will allow them to be eligible for an array of grant funding to implement the watershed plans.

Project Features

  • Inclusive stakeholder engagement process
  • Significantly shorter watershed plan that uses interesting graphics and maps to convey watershed information to people of all backgrounds
  • Engagement with the media and the public to obtain information and feedback
  • Consideration of innovative management measures not typically included in a Nine Element Watershed Plan
  • Incorporation of existing plans and watershed efforts to meet the desired watershed goals

“The overall design and layout are more public-friendly than a typical watershed plan we receive.”

Frank Nemeth / SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

In the News

Our clients, David Dickson and Elizabeth Morgan (City of Rock Hill) and Mark Boland (York County), hopped on the airwaves to highlight the watershed plans that we are helping them create.

It is a privilege to work with a great team of people who are excited about protecting and improving water quality. As Mark Boland says, “watershed plans are the keys to the vault” to open grant opportunities for impacted streams.

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