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Simons River Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Simons River Watershed

                Simons River Watershed

Watershed Description

Simons River is a small tributary to Delaware Bay that mostly flows through Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Watershed Area:  16,014 acres (6,481 hectares)

Location:  Central Kent County in central Delaware between Leipsic River on the north and Little Creek on the south.

Flow Direction:  East toward Delaware Bay.

Charateristics:  Most of the Simons River is marshland that is part of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.  The terrain is flat.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agriculural field is the top ranked land cover in the Simons River watershed followed closely by North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh at #2.  North Atlantic High Salt Marsh marks a close third.  Water in the marsh (Estuarine Coastal Polyhaline Water) ranks #4.  Irregularly Flooded Eastern Tidal Salt Shrub finishes the list at #5.

Simons River Vegetation Communities/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 4,896.00 2,018.00
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 4,323.00 1,750.00
North Atlantic High Salt Marsh 1,378.00 558.00
Estuarine Coastal Polyhaline Water 984.00 398.00
Irregularly Flooded Eastern Tidal Salt Shrub 658.00 266.00


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.