Bunting’s Branch

Watersheds of the Inland Bays
Assawoman | Buntings Branch | Indian River | Indian River Bay | Iron Branch | Lewes-Rehoboth Canal | Little Assawoman | Rehoboth Bay

The Little Assawoman, Assawoman, and Buntings Branch watersheds are all part of the Little Assawoman Bay, and drain an area that extends from the Assawoman Canal to its confluence with Little Assawoman Bay on the southeast coast of Delaware. The Buntings Branch is located in the south central section of Sussex County. The Branch flows southward and crosses the Delaware-Maryland state line about one and one-quarter miles below Selbyville. There are no major water impoundments in this watershed. Buntings Branch Watershed has a drainage area of 6,300 acres.
Land Uses
The land use of the watershed is made up primarily of agriculture and wetlands. Selbyville is the only incorporated town. Cypress Swamp, a unique natural feature, is located in this watershed.
Nutrients and Bacteria
There are nutrient and bacteria TMDLs for the Buntings Branch Watershed which requires a 31% reduction in nitrogen, a 19% reduction in phosphorus, 40% reduction in freshwater nonpoint bacteria, 23% reduction in marine nonpoint bacteria, and a cap on point source bacteria at a geometric mean concentration level of 35 CFU enterococcus/100mL until all point sources are eliminated as required in the 1998 Inland Bays Nutrient TMDL Regulation. The designated uses for this watershed include primary and secondary recreation, fish, aquatic life and wildlife, and agricultural water supply.
The Buntings Branch Watershed has one site listed in the Site Investigation and Restoration Section database. The site is a state-fund lead (HSCA) site.

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 Buntings Branch Watershed.
Geology and Soils
Much of the basin consists of freshwater wetlands. Soil types include predominantly Pocomoke-Woodstown-Fallsington association described by the Natural Resources Conservation Service as "very poorly drained and poorly drained soils that have a moderately permeable subsoil of sandy loam or sandy clay loam, and excessively drained soils that have a rapidly permeable sandy subsoil".
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