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St. Jones River Watershed in Delaware

Picture of the St. Jones River Watershed

               St. Jones River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of the St. Jones River

    St. Jones River upstream of Silver Lake

The St. Jones River is the location of Dover, the capital of Delaware.  The name comes from an early landowner where the tax collector put that the name was “said Jones”. This was later corrupted to St. Jones.

Watershed Area:  56,552 acres (22,886 hectares)

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

Flow Direction:  Southeast towards Delaware Bay,

Characteristics:  Agricultural and urban watershed that has flat topography in the east and rolling hills in the west.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agriculture is the number one land use in the St. Jones River watershed.  Cultivated lawn and impervious surface rank #2 and #3 showing the development in the watershed.  Unidentified area ranks #4.  North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh near the Delaware Bay finishes the list at #5.

St. Jones River Vegetation Communities/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 19,453.00 7,872.00
Cultivated Lawn 12,433.00 5,031.00
Impervious Surface 7,012.00 2,838.00
Unknown Forested Community 3,440.00 1,392.00
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 2,688.00 1,087.00

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

Managed Land


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.