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.
The Appoquinimink watershed’s overall condition grade indicates these wetlands need improvements through stewardship, conservation, and restoration.
Based on this study, several recommendations were made to improve management and encourage informed decision making. These included:
For more information about the Condition Report, contact Alison Rogerson, at 302-739-9939.