Appoquinimink River || Army Creek || Blackbird Creek || Broadkill River || C and D Canal East || Cedar Creek || Delaware Bay Drainage || Delaware River Drainage || Dragon Run Creek || Leipsic River || Little Creek || Mispillion River || Murderkill River || Red Lion Creek || Smyrna River || St. Jones River
C and D Canal East
The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal East watershed (C and D Canal East) contains the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, a navigational waterway to the Port of Baltimore maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The canal system provides a continuous sea-level channel connecting the Port of Baltimore to the northern ports of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and northern trade routes. The canal carries 40 percent of all ship traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore.
The C and D Canal East watershed has several notable waterways including Scott Run and Lums Pond.
The federal government owns nearly 9,000 acres along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The land along the canal is used for recreation, agriculture, dredge disposal and habitat. Man-made embankments along the canal are the result of years of disposal activity and maintenance of canal depths. Through a series of agreements, the states of Delaware and Maryland manage property along the canal for recreation and wildlife management.
The majority of the C and D Canal East watershed is rural with low marshland utilized primarily as wildlife habitat. There are also the developed areas of Port Penn, part of Delaware City, and St. Georges.
Plants and Wildlife
Recreation and Culture
View of Augustine Creek from Delaware Wildlands Betts Farm
Photo credit: Brenna Ness
Square Miles: 44.0
Counties: DE: New Castle
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 2019.
Land cover (total)†
†Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management. 2016 C-CAP Regional Land Cover. Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) Regional Land Cover..