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Marshyhope Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Marshyhope Creek Watershed

               Marshyhope Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Marshyhope Creek

             Downstream of DE 36 bridge

Marshyhope Creek starts nears Harrington, Delaware and flows southwest into Maryland through agricultural fields and rural area.  The flat topography necessitates the ditching of most of the streams in this watershed.

Watershed Area:  54,663 acres (22,121 hectares)

Location: Southwestern Kent County and northwestern Sussex County in west central Delaware.  It is between Tanyard Branch on the north and Nanticoke River on the south.

Flow Direction:  Southwest towards the Nanticoke River in Maryland and on to the Chesapeake Bay.

Characteristics:  Agricultural and rural with terrain that is flat on the uplands and steep near watercourses.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Slightly more than half of the Marshyhope Creek watershed is utilized for agriculture.  Ranking at #2 is land that still needs to be mapped making this one of the least completed watersheds in Delaware.  Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest ranks as #3.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest, one of the more common forest communities in Delaware, ranks as #4.  Cultivated lawn rounds out the list at #5.

Marshyhope Creek Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 27,740.00 11,226.00
Unknown Forested Community 7,519.00 3,043.00
Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest 5,390.00 2,181.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 3,277.00 1,326.00
Cultivated Lawn 2,826.00 1,144.00

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