Elk River

Watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay
Bohemia Creek | Broad Creek | C&D Canal West | Chester River | Choptank River | Deep Creek | Elk River | Gravelly Branch | Gum Branch | Marshyhope Creek | Nanticoke River | Perch Creek | Pocomoke River | Sassafras River | Wicomico River

  
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Background
The Elk River Watershed is located at the very top of Delaware's portion of the Chesapeake Bay Basin and drains through Maryland into the northeastern portion of the Chesapeake Bay.
  
Land Uses
The majority of the land in the Delaware portion of the Elk River Watershed is agricultural.
  
Nutrients and Bacteria
EPA established a Total Maximum Daily Load for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment for the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This TMDL requires reductions of approximately 24% for nitrogen and 20% for phosphorus between 2009 and 2025 from all of the Chesapeake watersheds within Delaware. Sediment loads from Delaware's portion of the Chesapeake must remain at 2009 levels under this TMDL.
  
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