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Southern Atlantic Strand Watershed in Delaware

Picture of the Southern Atlantic Strand Watershed

      Southern Atlantic Strand Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Southern Atlantic Strand

Beachgrass-Panicgrass Dune Grassland in                    Southern Atlantic Strand

The Southern Atlantic Strand of the Delaware lies on the immediate Atlantic coast south of the Indian River Inlet to the Delaware stateline.

Watershed Area:  1,321 acres (535 hectares)

Location:  Southeastern Sussex County in southeastern Delaware between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Little Assawoman Bay and Indian River Bay on the west.

Flow Direction:  None, located on the ocean

Characteristics:  Flat sandy strip between the bays and the ocean.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Marine Nearshore Water (Atlantic Ocean) ranks #1 in this watershed.  Beach at the ocean ranks #2.  Impervious surface in the form of houses and parking lots ranks #3.  Beachgrass-Panicgrass Dune Grassland is the only “natural community” type present and ranks #5.

Southern Atlantic Strand Vegetation Communities/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Marine Nearshore Water 178.00 72.00
Beach 115.00 47.00
Impervious Surface 20.00 8.00
Beachgrass-Panicgrass Dune Grassland 18.00 7.00

*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.