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Pocomoke River Watershed in Delaware

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              Pocomoke River Watershed

Watershed Description

The Pocomoke River is home to the largest contiguous forested area in Delaware.  Called Great Cypress Swamp it has some of the largest stands of Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) occur here, hence the name of the swamp.  The river flows south into Maryland where it eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay.

Watershed Area:  22,754 acres (9,208 hectares)

Location: Southern Sussex County in southern Delaware between Broad Creek on the west and Indian River Bay on the east.

Flow Direction:  South to the Chesapeake Bay.

Characteristics:  Forested and rural watershed that is has a flat topography.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural field is the #1 land cover in the watershed.  Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest ranks as #2 and makes up a lot of Great Cypress Swamp.  Cultivated lawn ranks as #3.  Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest ranks next at #4.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest finishes the list at #5

Pocomoke River Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 9,311.80 3,768.35
Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest 5,339.08 2,160.65
Cultivated Lawn 992.17 401.52
Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest 944.75 382.33
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 934.61 378.22

*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 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.