Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program
to study Leipsic and Little Creek watersheds in summer 2013
DOVER (April 10, 2013) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program announced today that they will be continuing their assessment of Delaware’s wetlands this summer in the Leipsic and Little Creek watersheds. This study is designed to confirm wetland maps and determine the health of local wetlands. The information gathered will help determine how to maintain and improve this important Delaware natural resource.
The Leipsic and Little Creek watersheds stretch along the Delaware Bayshore from Woodland Beach and Route 6 south to Kitts Hummock, extending west past Kenton. Included in the watersheds are Dover Air Force Base, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, and the towns of Leipsic, Little Creek and southern Smyrna.
Beginning in June, a team of DNREC biologists will be visiting sites in tidal and nontidal wetlands within the watersheds to gather data on vegetation, hydrology soil, and other wetland features. This information will later be compiled to assign overall health grades to each wetland type and determine the strengths and weaknesses of local wetlands.
The study is planned to include about 120 wetland sites on both private and public lands within the watershed. DNREC uses a computer software program to randomly place study points in wetlands across the watersheds. The 120 study sites were selected to represent the major wetland types in the area and are not related to any permitting or regulatory activity.
Beginning in May, owners of all private lands selected for study will be contacted by mail for permission to enter their property. Property owners with questions or concerns are urged to contact Andy Howard or Alison Rogerson with the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program at 302-739-9939.
For more information on the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment program, please visit http://de.gov/delawarewetlands.
This project is part of DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.
Vol. 43, No. 138