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Urban Water Management Program

The District serves as a catalyst to work with landowners, government agencies, and other entities to resolve drainage, flooding, and stream bank erosion issues. We work cooperatively with New Castle County, the Delaware Department of Transportation, and legislators to investigate and resolve complaints or concerns in a timely manner.

Some of the types of water management projects include:

  • Steambank and SlopeResolving backyard drainage problems using swales, subsurface drains, and pipes and catch basins.
  • Streambank erosion repair using riprap or other advanced stream restoration technology using a combination of techniques called green engineering.
  • Assisting New Castle County and community maintenance associations with stormwater basin/pond maintenance and community open space tree plantings.
  • Cooperative road drainage projects with DelDOT.

CONSERVATION COST-SHARE PROGRAM

Drainage SystemFinancial assistance is available to landowners who wish to resolve water management and erosion issues with conservation practices as listed above. Cost-share rates are up to 75% (see cost-share program) reimbursement depending on the conservation practice and category as approved by the District Board of Supervisors and fund availability.

SEDIMENT AND STORMWATER PROGRAM

Stormwater PondUnder a delegation agreement with DNREC-Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the District provides Sediment and Stormwater Programs services to ten (10) incorporated communities in New Castle County. These include Arden, Ardentown, Ardencroft, Bellefonte, Newport, New Castle, Elsmere, Townsend, Odessa and Delaware City.  Wilmington, Newark, and Middletown have been delegated this responsibility. The County of New Castle has been delegated this responsibility by DNREC for all unincorporated areas of New Castle County.

WATERBODY MANAGEMENT

The District owns and operates a small dredge that is used to remove sediments from local waterways and ponds. Recent projects in New Castle County have included Delaware City Canal, Augustine Beach Boat Ramp, and other locations.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The District provides technical assistance through field survey and site investigation services. These services are offered free of charge to landowners in New Castle County.

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Technical resources are available in the office. These include various reference materials such as historic aerial photographs, topographic maps, water table maps, soil survey information, etc. (For more details, see Technical Resources) There is a $50 fee per visit to review and copy requested documents.

SOILS INFORMATION

Technical Resources  
Soil Data Mart
Published Soil Survey Map Sheets http://www.de.nrcs.usda.gov/soils.html
Soils Web Site http://soils.usda.gov
Other Data Resources  
Geospatial Data Gateway http://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov
Delaware DataMIL - Data Mapping & Integration Laborabory http://datamil.delaware.gov/

 


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