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Broadkill River Watershed in Delaware


Broadkill River Watershed

               Broadkill River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Broadkill River

       Broadkill River by Beach Plum Island

The Town of Milton is wholly located in this watershed at the head of tide.  This watershed is known for having some of the more extensive stands of Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) in Delaware, outside of the Chesapeake Bay drainage.

Watershed Area:  33,190 acres (13,432 hectares)

Location:  Northeastern Sussex County in southeastern Delaware.

Flow Direction:  East towards Delaware Bay.

Characteristics:  Mostly rural watershed with one town, Milton, in the center.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural Field is the most common land cover followed by cultivated lawn.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest is the most common “natural community” and ranks #3.  Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest ranks as #4 and Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest ranks as #5.

Broadkill River Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 11,376.00 4,603.00
Cultivated Lawn 3,321.00 1,344.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 2,985.00 1,208.00
Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest 2,607.00 1,055.00
Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest 1,958.00 792.00

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

Managed Lands


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 for shapefile requests.