Watersheds of the Delaware Bay & Estuary Basin
Appoquinimink River | Army Creek | Blackbird Creek | Broadkill River | C&D Canal East | Cedar Creek | Delaware Bay | Delaware River | Dragon Run Creek | Leipsic River | Little Creek | Mispillion River | Murderkill River | Red Lion Creek | Smyrna River | St. Jones River
Unfortunately, approximately 21% of historic wetland area in this watershed has been lost to conversion to development and agriculture, and more recently, to conversion to open water along the coastline. Based on field data, wetlands in the Leipsic River watershed received an overall condition grade of C+, indicating that these wetlands are not functioning at their full potential. This also indicates an opportunity for improvements through stewardship and restoration.
Tidal (B),depression (D), , flat (C), and riverine (C+) wetland types were assessed and graded (grade in parenthesis) in this watershed. The most common stressors to these wetlands were forest harvesting, invasive plant species, excavation, filling, and ditching in the wetland, and development, agriculture, ditches, and stream channelization in the lands surrounding the wetland (buffer). The complete reports and data for this assessment are available online.
Each of the sites 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 Leipsic River Watershed.