Digging for the C and D Canal began in the early 1800’s bisecting many other watersheds. Today the C and D Canal Wildlife Area covers large portions of a watershed covered by exotic invasive plant species. The terrain is generally flat at the top and slopes steeply into the canal.
Watershed Area: 20,264 acres (8,201 hectares)
Location: Central New Castle County in northern Delaware between Dragon Run and Augustine Creek watersheds.
Flow Direction: C and D Canal is tidal and does not have a specific flow. However, the tributaries flow north or south to the canal depending on which side they are on.
Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers
Despite the development of the canal, agricultural field is still the largest land cover. Cultivated lawn comes in a distant second. Northeastern Modified Successional Forest fills some of the old fields and ranks #3. Reed Tidal Marsh rank fourth in area. Estuarine Coastal Oligohaline Water rounds out the list in the #5 spot.
|C and D Canal Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)|
|Vegetation Community/Land Cover||Acres||Hectares|
|Northeastern Modified Successional Forest||2,000.00||809.00|
|Reed Tidal Marsh||1,358.00||550.00|
|Estuarine Coastal Oligohaline Water||1,105.00||447.00|
*The table above is subject to change with more watershed mapping.
Links of Interest
Watershed Maps Available
One vegetation community/land cover map based on 2007 aerial imagery is available in .pdf format. The map that is in in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a shapefile.