Columbia Rowing Club Flood Relief
The Broad River has a very steep edge-- it drops straight down, so it's impossible to launch boats from the river's edge without a dock. We will not be able to row until we can replace our dock. Club members are pitching in to clean up our boat house and the land around it with sweat equity and personal funds. We are now looking for help and support from friends and the greater rowing community with the hope that we might be able to replace our dock by the end of the year.
The Columbia Rowing Club rows at a site provided by Richland County. County representatives indicated last week that they have no funds to support the purchase of a new dock. The amount of $35,000 that we aspire to raise is based on an estimate provided by a local vendor who built our previous dock. This amount would enable us to build a dock just like the one we had before (with three ramps), using synthetic materials instead of wood. To build a sturdier dock (i.e., upgrading to concrete bulkheads and an aluminum frame) would cost upwards of $50,000.
We have set a minimum goal of $35,000. Additional funds raised beyond this amount would enable us to consider further upgrades.
The Columbia Rowing Club is an enthusiastic group of approximately 100 youth and masters. We love our club and feel so lucky to be able row on the most beautiful 4,000 meter stretch of the Broad River. We appreciate any support you can give that will help us get back on the water and we invite you to visit Columbia, South Carolina and row with us as soon as our dock is replaced!
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Columbia Rowing Club is a non-profit organization with tax ID number 571081044. A letter acknowledging your generous donation can be requested by contacting the organizer of this campaign (above).
This fund was set up on Go Fund Me by Laura Kissel, a member of the Columbia Rowing Club, on behalf of the Columbia Rowing Club. This fundraising campaign is approved by our club president, John Worrell.
Columbia has continued to experience a lot of rain the past couple of months with repeated flooding of the Broad River and four additional (though much smaller) floods at our rowing site. The embankment where the new dock will be installed has eroded to the point that it must be reengineered and stabilized to secure the shore and prepare for installation of a new dock. On December 4 CRC board members met with Richland County administrators and representatives from a dock vendor to discuss reinforcement of the embankment. The work now is to study maps of USGS river levels to determine piling heights and engineer a design that can be integrated into the reinforced embankment. Several levels of government are involved in the project and must approve the plan and produce the permits—the SC Department of Natural Resources, Corps of Engineers, and Richland County Council.
Our best guess is that the redevelopment plan might be finished and presented to Richland County Council at their February meeting. After approval, the funds you’ve helped us to raise will be submitted to the county in the form of a grant, so that we can proceed with the work.
We look forward to posting another update here early next year. And again, thank you from all of us at the Columbia Rowing Club. We deeply appreciate your generosity and support.
So, THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your donations and for continuing to spread the word about our campaign!
Our club President John Worrell provided an update yesterday that I am paraphrasing and sharing with all of you here:
“Including some donations that have arrived by check, we have raised just over $17,500 total, bringing us to the half way mark of our fundraising goal! It has been raining since Sunday, with more rain expected this week. There’s a river flood warning now because of the rain, but all our gear has been re-secured well off ground and there is no concern. Richland County has finished clearing all the debris from the entrance to the club and repaired the main gate and its associated structures. We’ve been told that the county will soon be able to proceed with the next step, which will be to work with us to secure official bids for rebuilding our dock. Even though we don’t yet have all the funding we need, they have shown a lot of interest in moving ahead with us soon.”
Oh behalf of President John Worrell and all our club members, we send each of you our sincere thanks and gratitude. We look forward to being able to share more news with you soon.
Particularly exciting to us yesterday was to read the story in USRowing about CRC and our dock replacement efforts. Thank you Ed Moran and US Rowing! http://www.usrowing.org/news/2015/10/20/floods-in-columbia-unite-the-community-in-rowing-more-help-is-needed
A few of our boats are being stored temporarily at the Augusta Rowing Club and some of our members are able to practice there. In the meantime, Richland County Park, home of the CRC, remains closed until debris can be cleared.
The members of Columbia Rowing Club thank you for sharing ideas, financial support and your morale!