Watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay
Bohemia Creek | Broad Creek | C&D Canal West | Chester River | Choptank River | Deep Creek | Elk River | Gravelly Branch | Gum Branch | Marshyhope Creek | Nanticoke River | Perch Creek | Pocomoke River | Sassafras River | Wicomico River
The waters of the Marshyhope Creek Watershed are designated for primary contact recreation, secondary contact recreation, fish, aquatic life and wildlife, agricultural supply, and industrial supply. Marshyhope is also designated as a water of Exceptional Recreation or Ecological Significance (ERES).
The TMDLs for the Marshyhope Creek require a 21% reduction in bacteria, a 20% reduction in nitrogen, and a 25% reduction in phosphorus.
EPA established a Total Maximum Daily Load for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment for the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This TMDL requires reductions of approximately 24% for nitrogen and 20% for phosphorus between 2009 and 2025 from all of the Chesapeake watersheds within Delaware. Sediment loads from Delaware's portion of the Chesapeake must remain at 2009 levels under this TMDL.
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.
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 Marshyhope Creek Watershed.
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Analysis for Chesapeake Bay Drainage Basin, Delaware: Chester River, Choptank, Marshyhope Creek, Nanticoke River, Gum Branch, Gravelly Branch, Deep Creek, Broad Creek and Pocomoke River Watersheds
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Analysis for Chesapeake Drainage Watersheds, Delaware: Chester River, Choptank River, and Marshyhope Creek
Delaware's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)
U.S. EPAs Chesapeake Bay TMDL documents