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Cedar Creek Watershed in Delaware

Cedar Creek Watershed

                  Cedar Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Atlantic White Cedar-Seaside Alder Woodland

      Atlantic White Cedar-Seaside Alder                 Woodland (common in Cedar Creek                                  impoundments)

      Cedar Creek is contains a number of communities with Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) and/or maritime alder (Alnus maritima).  No major towns are present within the watershed.

Watershed Area:  22,175 acres (8,974 hectares)

Location:  Northeastern Sussex   County in southeastern Delaware between the Slaughter Creek on the north and Prime Hook Creek on the south.

Flow Direction:  Northeast towards Delaware Bay.

Characteristics:  Mostly agricultural and rural watershed.  Terrain is generally flat with some relief near streams.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural Field is the largest land cover in the Cedar Creek watershed and accounts for almost half of the land.  Cultivated lawn is second in area.  Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest is the most common “natural community” and ranks #3.  North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh ranks #4 and Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest rounds out the list at #5.

Cedar Creek Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 10,940.00 4,427.00
Cultivated Lawn 2,236.00 905.00
Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest 1,611.00 652.00
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 1,374.00 556.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 984.00 398.00

    *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 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.