Choptank

Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Choptank River drains nearly a thousand square miles over its 68-mile course from Delaware to Dorchester County, Maryland. In the upper portion of the Choptank watershed, over half of the land is used for agriculture, and this narrow portion of the river is susceptible to nutrient and sediment runoff. The downstream portion is wider and interfaces directly with the brackish Chesapeake Bay. Waterfront towns such as Cambridge, Maryland use the river for recreation and fishing. (Based on ShoreRivers and Upper Choptank River Watershed Characterization.)