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Chester Sassafras Watershed

Chester-Sassafras Watershed - Conservation Security Program


Description of Watershed

The Delaware portion of the Chester-Sassafras watershed is located in western Kent and New Castle Counties Delaware. The majority of the watershed is in Maryland and a small portion is also in Pennsylvania.  The land uses in this watershed consist of cropland, irrigated cropland, forestland, wetlands, and urban land.

The watershed topography is gently rolling to generally flat. The soils in the watershed are primarily in the Woodstown-Sassafras-Fallsington, Matapeake-OthelloSassafras, and the Fallsington-Woodstown-Sassafras general soil series.

There are about 76 farms in the Delaware portion of the watershed. The average farm size is approximately 200 acres. Primary crops include corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley.

Picture of a cropland field in Delaware's Chester-Sassafras Watershed

Land Cover/Use
Land Use Delaware Acres Maryland Acres
Cropland 23,200 36,700
Pasture --------- 36,100
Developed 1,500 34,491
Forest/Wetland 22,750 117,290
Other 1,550 ---------


Map of Chester-Sassafras Watershed in Delaware

Map of the Chester-Sassafrass Watershed in the state of Delaware

States and Counties in the Chester-Sassafras Watershed

For General and Application Information, visit the National NRCS CSP Site.

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These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Excel FileCost list for Chester-Sassafras Watershed (388 KB)
Adobe Acrobat DocumentChester-Sassafras Watershed Fact Sheet (136 KB)
Adobe Acrobat DocumentKey Points of Conservation Security Program (64 KB)

Program Contacts - Delaware
Paul Petrichenko, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 302-678-4180
Program Contacts - Maryland
Mark Waggoner
Title: State Resource Conservationist
Phone: 443-482-2927
  • Link to Maryland CSP Page
  • Program Contacts - Pennsylvania

    Kelly Ireland, Conservation Security Program Manager
    Phone: 717-274-2597 Ext #130

  • Link to Pennsylvania CSP Page