Appoquinimink River Watershed Wetland Assessment

The Appoquinimink River watershed is located within New Castle County and contains the Towns of Odessa, Middletown and Townsend. It drains into the Delaware Bay, encompassing 58,591 acres of land.

The landscape is dominated by agriculture, followed by wetlands and then development. With approximately 25% of the land area covered by wetlands, saltmarshes, also known as tidal wetlands, are the most common wetland type.

Wetlands have a rich history across the region and their beauty has become one of the symbols of Delaware. Unfortunately, many of the wetlands that remain are degraded, and not functioning at their fullest potential.

Based on field data, wetlands in the Appoquinimink watershed received an overall condition grade of C+, indicating that these wetlands are among Delaware’s wetlands that are in need of improvements through stewardship, conservation or restoration.

Long-Term Goals

The Appoquinimink River watershed’s wetlands need your help. Consider supporting Delaware’s valuable natural resources by:

  • Managing invasive species on your property.
  • Adding nature-based landscaping designs and green infrastructure on your property to control erosion and water runoff and improve water quality.
  • Protecting and maintaining buffers around your wetlands.
  • Preserving or restarting wetlands on your land.
  • Supporting better wetland protection by contacting your local decision makers.

Appoquinimink Wetland Condition Report

Appoquinimink Wetland Condition Report Appendices

Appoquinimink Wetland Health Report Card

For more information about the Condition Report, contact Alison Rogerson, at 302-739-9939.