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NRCS Seeks Public Input on Tax Ditch System in Upper Nanticoke Watershed

DOVER, Del., December 22, 2020— The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking public input to identify and improve infrastructure deficiencies in Delaware’s tax ditch system within the Upper Nanticoke Watershed of Kent and Sussex Counties.

A virtual public meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. for landowners and stakeholders within the watershed to provide input regarding local tax ditch concerns. Preregistration is required.

This meeting will allow stakeholders to provide invaluable feedback on tax ditches that:

  • require regular repair or maintenance,
  • are experiencing significant erosion,
  • have failing structures, such as bridges and culverts,
  • have poor water quality conditions during low-flow periods,
  • have areas where flooding and ponding in adjacent land persist more than 24 hours following a rain event resulting in property or crop damage, and
  • have locations where the tax ditch is regularly blocked or clogged.

The USDA NRCS will analyze feedback to prepare a Supplemental Watershed Project Plan-Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) with project sponsors Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Tax Ditch Program, Kent Conservation District and Sussex Conservation District (SCD). 

Stakeholder participation and feedback will help target priority areas, ensuring the Plan-EA is effective and maximizes results to improve drainage, reduce flooding and improve water quality within the watershed. 

To register for the public meeting, visit or call Siobhan Kelley, communications and outreach specialist at SCD, at (302) 856-2105, ext. 122.

For project specific information, contact Ann Baldwin, USDA NRCS State Conservation Engineer, at 302-678-4190 or



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