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Augustine Creek Watershed in Delaware


Augustine Creek Watershed

               Augustine Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Coastal Loblolly Pine Wetland Forest

      Coastal Loblolly Pine Wetland Forest                         (northernmost in Delaware)

To the east of Middletown and south of the C and D Canal lies Augustine Creek.  The watershed is mostly rural with residential development that has been increasing in the past decade.  It is poised to develop more with larger developments coming in.

Watershed Area:  7,423 acres (3,004 hectares)

Location:  South-central New Castle County between the C and D Canal on the north and Appoaquinimink River on the south.

Flow Direction:  East towards Delaware Bay.

Characteristics:  Mostly suburban watershed with some residential development in the upper reaches.  Most of the lower (eastern) sections are wildlife area.

History of the Watershed


The name “Augustine” comes from Augustine Hermann, the first settler in the area.  Augustine Hermann owned a house called Bohemia Manor in the western part of Delaware.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural field is the largest land cover in the watershed.  The development in the western part of the watershed gives cultivated lawn the #2 and impervious surface the #5 ranks.  Phragmites dominates both Eastern Reed Marsh and Reed Tidal Marsh.

Augustine Creek Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 2,501.00 1,012.00
Cultivated Lawn 1,595.00 645.00
Eastern Reed Marsh 578.00 234.00
Reed Tidal Marsh 475.00 192.00
Impervious Surface 443.00 179.00

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

Managed Lands


Links of Interest



Vegetation Community/Land Cover Maps Available


A .pdf map of the vegetation community/land covers based on 2007 aerial imagery is provided “as is” for informational purposes pending completion. Email to request a working shapefile.