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Christina River Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Christina River Watershed

               Christina River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of the Christina River

    Christina River at the Churchman’s Road          bridge in New Castle County, Delaware.


The Christina River watershed essentially forms a “collar” through the state at the north end and serves as the border between the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain. It is one of the more urban watersheds in the state.

Watershed Area:  42,492 acres (17,196 hectares)

Location:  Northern New Castle County in northern Delaware between many Piedmont watersheds and north of Broad Dyke and Perch Creek Watersheds.

Flow Direction:  East towards the Delaware River.

Characteristics:  Urban watershed at the edge of Piedmont in Delaware.


Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


The two largest land covers, cultivated lawn (14,431 acres) and impervious surface (12,804 acres) in the Christina River watershed show the development present in the watershed.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest is the most common “natural community” and covers 3,272 acres.  About 1,871 acres still need to be attributed and Agricultural Field covers 1,435 acres.

Christina River Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Cultivated Lawn 14,431.00 5,840.00
Impervious Surface 12,804.00 5,185.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 3,272.00 1,324.00
Unknown Forested Community 1,871.00 757.00
Agricultural Field 1,435.00 581.00

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

Managed Lands


  • Banning Park
  • Canby Park
  • Glasgow Park
  • Iron Hill Park
  • Lewden-Green Park
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.