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Tanyard Branch Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Tanyard Branch Watershed

              Tanyard Branch Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Tanyard Branch

  Tanyard Branch at the Delaware stateline

Tanyard Branch is a small tributary that flows to the Choptank River and then on the Chesapeake Bay.

Watershed Area:  805 acres (326 hectares)

Location:  Northwestern New Castle County in southwestern Delaware between the Choptank River on the north and the Marshyhope River on the south.

Flow Direction:  West towards

Characteristics:  Agricultural watershed with flat terrain.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agriculture accounts for about 3/4 of the land use in this watershed.  Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest is ranked #2 and is the largest “natural community” type.  Virginia Pine Successional Forest ranks #3.  Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest ranks as #4.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest finishes the list at #5.

Tanyard Branch Vegetation Communities/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 622.00 252.00
Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest 52.00 21.00
Virginia Pine Successional Forest 51.00 21.00
Early to Mid-Successional Loblolly Pine Forest 35.00 14.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 31.00 12.00

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

Managed Lands


  • None
Links of Interest


  • None
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 considered to be completed.  Email for shapefile requests.