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Deep Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Deep Creek Watershed

                  Deep Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Deep Creek

   Deep Creek In Sussex County, Delaware

The Deep Creek watershed is part of the greater Nanticoke River watershed and tributary to the Nanticoke River.  It is located just upstream of Seaford, Delaware for part of its length it is ditched (see picture).

Watershed Area:  41,956 acres (16,979 hectares)

Location:  Deep Creek Watershed is part of the greater Nanticoke River watershed and is in central Sussex County in southern Delaware.

Flow Direction:  Southwest towards the Nanticoke River and then to the Chesapeake Bay.

Characteristics:  Agricultural and rural watershed.  Terrain is generally flat with gently rolling hills.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers

 

Agricultural field is the largest land cover in the watershed.  It is also home to some of the industrial forest lands of Loblolly Pine Plantation ranked at #2.  Cultivated lawn on the edges of Seaford ranks as #3 and Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest ranks as #4.  Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest rounds out the list at #5.

Deep Creek Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 13,706.00 5,547.00
Loblolly Pine Plantation 4,727.00 1,913.00
Cultivated Lawn 3,611.00 1,461.00
Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest 3,507.00 1,419.00
Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest 3,470.00 1,404.00

     *The table above is subject to change with more watershed mapping.

Managed Lands

 

Links of Interest

 

Vegetation Community/Land Cover Maps Available

 

One vegetation community/land cover map based on 2007 aerial imagery is available in .pdf format.  The map that is in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes.  Email robcoxe@baccharisconsulting.com for shapefile requests.