Delaware Bay

Watersheds of the Delaware Bay & Estuary Basin
Appoquinimink River | Army Creek | Blackbird Creek | Broadkill River | C&D Canal East | Cedar Creek | Delaware Bay | Delaware River | Dragon Run Creek | Leipsic River | Little Creek | Mispillion River | Murderkill River | Red Lion Creek | Smyrna River | St. Jones River

The Delaware Bay Watershed drains directly to the Delaware Bay and Delaware Estuary.
Land Uses
This watershed is dominated by forest and wetlands.
Nutrients and Bacteria
There are no nutrient or bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads in the Delaware Bay watershed.
The Delaware Bay Watershed has a one site listed in the Site Investigation and Restoration Section database. This site is a state-fund lead (HSCA)site.

The site is sampled through the program listed above for a consistent suite of environmental contaminants. These contaminants are broadly classified as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs), Pesticides, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Metals as listed using USEPA and DNREC defined standards. When sites are adjacent to water bodies sediment samples are collected to assess potential impact from a site on the health of the waters.

In water bodies of the Delaware Bay Watershed, samples have indicated that PCBs, mercury and dioxin are present in the environment at levels requiring further attention under the Clean Water Act (1972). The Delaware Bay Watershed is on the 303d list of impaired waters as well as having State of Delaware Fish Consumption Advisories for PCBs and mercury.

If you would like to view reports for any of the sites in the SIRS program please follow the link the DNREC Environmental Navigator to search by map for the Delaware Bay Watershed.
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