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Northern Atlantic Strand Watershed in Delaware


Picture of Northern Atlantic Strand Watershed

  Northern Atlantic Strand Watershed (runs       from Cape Henlopen to about the middle of                    Sussex County on east side)

Watershed Description

Picture of Beach at Cape Henlopen State Park

       Beach at Cape Henlopen State Park

Northern Atlantic Strand watershed is located on the immediate Atlantic Ocean coast north of Indian River Inlet.  It includes the “point” at Cape Henlopen.  Most of the area is part of the Atlantic Ocean as Marine Nearshore Water.

Watershed Area:  1,890 acres (765 hectares)

Location:  Central Sussex County in southeastern Delaware on the Atlantic Ocean coast.

Flow Direction:  None

Characteristics:  Dynamic sand along the Atlantic Ocean coast.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Marine Nearshore Water that is part of the Atlantic Ocean ranks #1.  Beach adjacent to the water ranks #2.  Impervious surface on the road and parking lots ranks a distant #3.  Sand that is not part of the beach ranks #4.  Finishing the list is Beachgrass-Panicgrass Dune Grassland at #5.

Northern Atlantic Strand Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers

(Top 5 for 2007)

Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Marine Nearshore Water 1,150.00 465.00
Beach 288.00 116.00
Impervious Surface 28.00 11.00
Sand 6.00 2.00
Beachgrass-Panicgrass Dune Grassland 4.00 2.00

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

Managed Lands


Links of Interest


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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.