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Perch Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Perch Creek watershed

                 Perch Creek Watershed 

Watershed Description

Picture of Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest

Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest                  in Perch Creek Watershed

Perch Creek watershed is one of the smallest watersheds in Delaware.  This watershed is urbanizing with development between Glasgow, Delaware and Elkton, Maryland.

Watershed Area:  1,314 acres (532 hectares)

Location:  Western New Castle County in northwestern Delaware between Big Elk Creek on the north and Back Creek on the south.

Flow Direction:  West towards Elk River of the Chesapeake Bay.

Characteristics:  Semi-urban watershed with rolling hills sloping towards the Chesapeake Bay.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest, a “natural community” type, is the largest vegetation community/land cover in the Perch Creek watershed.  Development ranks cultivated lawn and impervious surface at #2 and #4, respectively.  Agricultural field ranks as #3.  Red Maple-Sweetgum Swamp finishes the list at #5.

Perch Creek Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 353.00 143.00
Cultivated Lawn 300.00 121.00
Agricultural Field 172.00 70.00
Impervious Surface 127.00 51.00
Red Maple-Sweetgum Swamp 77.00 31.00

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

Managed Lands


  • None
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.