Leipsic River

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 Leipsic River watershed is located northeast of Dover and is bounded on the southwest by the St. Jones River watershed, on the east by the Delaware Bay and on the north and west by the Smyrna River and Chester River watersheds, respectively. It comprises 105 square miles of land.
Land Uses
The land use of the Leipsic River watershed is dominated by agriculture, forest and wetlands.
Nutrients and Bacteria
The nutrient and bacteria TMDLs for the Leipsic River Watershed require 40% reductions in phosphorus and nitrogen loads and 75% reduction in bacteria loads. The designated uses for the Leipsic River include primary recreation, secondary recreation, fish, aquatic life and wildlife, industrial water supply, and agricultural water supply in freshwater segments.
The Leipsic River Watershed has sixteen sites listed in the Site Investigation and Restoration Section database. Nine sites are state-fund lead (HSCA) sites, two are Brownfield program sites, two sites are National Priorities List (NPL) sites, two sites are listed as a Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) one site in the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) and one site has undergone a preliminary assessment / site inspection (PA/SI).

Each of the sites 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.

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 Leipsic River Watershed.
Geology and Soils
The land of the watershed is generally level to gently sloping.
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