Ask Outdoor Girl

August 23, 2009|By Candus Thomson

Heather O'Donnell of Bowie writes: "I've read many places that the watershed for the Chesapeake Bay goes all the way up to near Cooperstown in New York. Yet, when I'm driving up I-95 toward New Jersey, I see a big billboard that tells me I'm leaving the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Who is right?"

Tom Zolper of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation replies: "The sign is correct. The Chesapeake Bay watershed encompasses parts of six states (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia) as well as the District of Columbia. Motoring north and eastbound on I-95, you pass from the Chesapeake Bay watershed into the Delaware Bay watershed at about the Delaware border. The lower western portion of Delaware drains into the Chesapeake Bay, but the upper and eastern portions drain into the Delaware Bay. Much of middle Pennsylvania drains into the Chesapeake Bay, but the eastern portion does not. A map of the watershed is at"

- Candus Thomson

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