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Bohemia River Watershed in Delaware

Bohemia River Watershed

                 Bohemia River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Bohemia River

           Bohemia River in Delaware

The Bohemia River watershed is located in northwestern Delaware and is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. In Delaware it is a very small stream with most of the watershed in Maryland.  Steep slopes characterize the watershed near the stateline with Maryland and there is relatively flat terrain at the top on the eastern end.  Development associated with the City of Middletown is at the east end.

Watershed Area:  5,641 acres (2,283  hectares)

Location:  Southwestern New Castle County in northwestern Delaware.

Flow Direction:  West towards the Chesapeake Bay.

Chracteristics:  Mostly rural watershed that is experiencing development on its eastern end from the City of Middletown.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural Field is the most common land cover in the Delaware portion of the Bohemia River watershed and covers 2,560 acres.  Northeastern Old Field is second with 973 acres.  Cultivated lawn covers 889 acres, while the associated impervious surface covers 295 acres.  Disturbance in the watershed is exemplified by the prominence of Northeastern Modified Successional Forest, which covers 362 acres.

Bohemia River Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 2,560.00 1,035.00
Northeastern Old Field 973.00 394.00
Cultivated Lawn 889.00 360.00
Northeastern Modified Successional Forest 362.00 146.00
Impervious Surface 295.00 119.00

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

Managed Lands


  • None
Links of Interest


Vegetation Community/Land Cover Maps Available


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