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Broad Creek Watershed in Delaware

Broad Creek Watershed

                Broad Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Pond-lily Tidal Marsh

     Pond-lily Tidal Marsh in Broad Creek                                       Watershed

Broad Creek is tidal up to Laurel, Delaware.  Most of the watershed is agricultural with larger wooded areas along the tributaries.  This watershed, along with the Pocomoke River watershed is the center of the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) distribution in Delaware.

Watershed Area:  77,698 acres (31,443 hectares)

Location:  Southwestern Sussex County in southwestern Delaware.

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

Characteristics:  Mostly rural and agricultural watershed.  At the head of tide is the Town of Laurel in the western part of the watershed.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural Field covers nearly half of the Broad Creek and is ranked #1.  Cultivated lawn associated with Laurel and surroundings ranks #2.  Loblolly Pine Plantation ranks as #3.  Communities that need to be mapped rank fourth and Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest ranks fifth.

Broad Creek Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 34,855.00 14,105.00
Cultivated Lawn 7,999.00 3,237.00
Loblolly Pine Plantation 5,137.00 2,079.00
Unknown Forested Community 4,676.00 1,892.00
Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest 4,402.00 1,782.00

    *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 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 for shapefile requests.