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Leipsic Watershed Wetland Assessment

Background: The Leipsic River watershed is composed of two sub-watersheds, Leipsic River and Little Creek, and encompasses 128 square miles. It is located in Kent County within the Delaware Bay and Estuary Basin, and all of its waters drain into the Delaware Bay. Land cover in this watershed is dominated by wetlands and agriculture. Of these wetlands, nearly three-quarters are saltwater, and the other one quarter are freshwater. These wetlands are beneficial resources for both people and wildlife.

Unfortunately, approximately 21 percent of historic wetland area in this watershed has been lost to conversion to development and agriculture, and more recently, to conversion to open water along the coastline. Based on field data, wetlands in the Leipsic River watershed received an overall condition grade of C+, indicating that these wetlands are not functioning at their full potential. This also indicates an opportunity for improvements through stewardship and restoration.

Long-term goals: The Leipsic watershed's wetlands need your help. Consider supporting Delaware's valuable natural resources by:

  • Managing invasive species on your property
  • Adding nature-based landscaping designs and green infrastructure on your property to control erosion and water runoff and improve water quality.
  • Protecting and maintaining buffers around your wetlands.
  • Preserving or restarting wetlands on your land.
  • Supporting better wetland protection by contacting your local decision makers.

Leipsic Wetland Condition Report

Leipsic Wetland Condition Report Appendices

Leipsic Bird Report

Leipsic Wetland Health Report Card

Opportunities for both increasing wetland quality and quantity in target areas will be identified by integrating the data from the wetland monitoring and assessment program with data from other strategies and efforts

For more information about the Condition Report:
Alison Rogerson 
DNREC Watershed Assessment Section
Telephone: 302-739-9939

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