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Chester River Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Chester River Watershed

                Chester River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Cypress Branch

      Cypress Branch in the Chester River                            watershed in Delaware

Two branches of the Chester River, Cypress and Sewell Branch are located in Delaware.  The watershed is heavily agricultural and most tributaries are ditched.  Blackiston Wildlife Area covers part of the watershed at and near the Delaware stateline in Kent County.

Watershed Area:  25,733 acres (10,414 hectares)

Location:  Southwestern New Castle County and northwestern Kent County.  The watershed lies between Bohemia River on the north and Choptank River on the south.

Flow Direction:  West towards the Chesapeake Bay.  All waters in Delaware are non-tidal.

Characterstics:  Mostly agricultural and rural.  Ditching has occurred in a lot of tributaries in Delaware.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


As stated above, Agricultural Field covers a large part of the watershed and ranks as the #1 land cover.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood ranks #2 and is the largest “natural community”.  Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest is third.  Undescribed area (unknown forested community) ranks #4 and cultivated lawn ranks #5.

Chester River Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 9,665.00 3,911.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 4,308.00 1,743.00
Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest 3,397.00 1,374.00
Unknown Forested Community 2,499.00 1,011.00
Cultivated Lawn 2,394.00 969.00

     *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.