Relation Of Ground Water To Surface Water In Four Small Basins Of The Delaware Coastal Plain

Johnston, R.H.
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Newark, DE: Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware
Beaverdam Branch, the Nanticoke River, Sowbridge Branch, and Stockley Branch drain small basins in the Delaware Coastal Plain that are characterized by similar climate, topography, geology, and land use. Withdrawals of ground water and surface water are very small, there is little urbanization, and other man-made effects, which include minor regulation on Sowbridge Branch and construction of drainage ditches in the Nanticoke basin, probably have had minimal effect on the natural hydrologic regimen. These are virtually natural-flow streams, which, because of similar basin characteristics, have nearly identical rates of evapotranspiration and runoff. During the 10-year period, 1959-68, precipitation averaged 40-42 inches annually, runoff averaged 16-17 inches annually, and evapotranspiration averaged 23-25 inches annually.
Beaverdam Branch , Nanticoke River , Sowbridge Branch , Stockley Branch , Delaware Coastal Plain , hydrologic regimen , topography , geology , land use