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Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Watershed

           Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal

 Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Lewes, Delaware

The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal watershed encompasses all of the land drained by an artificially created canal of the same name.  The canal runs from Delaware Bay to Rehoboth Bay and provides a land protected watercourse between the two waterways.

Watershed Area:  7,270 acres (2,942 hectares)

Location:  Northeastern Sussex County in southern Delaware between Red Mill Creek on the north and Rehoboth Bay on the south.

Flow Direction:  Essentially towards Delaware Bay and Rehoboth Bay.  It is tidal the entire length.

Characteristics:  Mostly urban watershed with flat terrain that drops steeply by the canal.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Cultivated lawn ranks as #1 and the associated impervious surface ranks as #4 underscoring the development in the watershed.  North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh takes the #2 spot.  Pitch Pine Dune Woodland is ranked #3.  Agricultural field is not all common but still takes the #5 spot.

Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers

(Top 5 for 2007)

Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Cultivated Lawn 1,110.00 449.00
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 1,089.00 441.00
Pitch Pine Dune Woodland 871.00 353.00
Impervious Surface 803.00 325.00
Agricultural Field 783.00 317.00

*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 is in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes.  Email for shapefile requests.