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Bunting Branch Watershed in Delaware

Bunting Branch Watershed

              Bunting Branch Watershed

Watershed Description

Most of the area of the Bunting Branch watershed is in Maryland with only a small amount north of the Delaware stateline.  It is experiencing some of the development from the coast and is becoming more urbanized.

Watershed Area:  4,832 acres (1,955 hectares)

Location:  Southeastern Sussex County in southeastern Delaware just south of the Indian River Bay watershed and west of Assawoman Bay.

Flow Direction: Southeasterly into Assawoman Bay in Maryland.

Characteristics:  Rural, coastal watershed that is experiencing more development from the coastal areas.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural Field is the most common land cover.  Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest is the largest “natural community” and ranks #2.  Cultivated lawn and impervious surface occupy the #3 and #4 ranks.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest covers rounds out the list at #5.

Bunting Branch Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 2,294.00 928.00
Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest 734.00 297.00
Cultivated Lawn 723.00 293.00
Impervious Surface 399.00 162.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 173.00 70.00

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

Managed Lands


  • Great Cypress Swamp
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 for shapefile requests.