WRPAmap1webSince 1987, the University of Delaware has administered the Water Resource Protection Area Program for New Castle County.  The purpose of the WRPA ordinance in the New Castle County Unified Development Code is to protect the quality and quantity of surface water and groundwater supplies.  Under the Unified Development Code, all development within recharge, wellhead, Cockeysville formation, and reservoir water resource protection areas are required to meet maximum impervious cover thresholds (20% to 50%) and may require groundwater recharge facilities, water monitoring, and water management facilities.  Presently, over 20% of New Castle County land area is protected by the WRPA provision of the Unified Development Code.

WRPA Mapping

In 1987, New Castle County adopted the Water Resource Protection Area (WRPA) Ordinance, since then the maps to support this ordinance have gone through three revisions. This ordinance is contained in the New Castle County, Delaware, Unified Development Code (UDC) and protects environmentally sensitive areas that are very important to the state’s water supply and water quality. These maps depict several data layers that represent four main categories of water resource protection areas in New Castle County, Delaware. These categories are; Cockeysville Formation, Wellhead WRPA, Surface Water WRPA and Recharge WRPA. These maps serve as a decision-making tool in water resources protection areas in New Castle County, Delaware.  The maps are available for downloading and printing at your convenience.

Final 2016 WRPA Maps for New Castle County, Delaware

Final 2011 WRPA Maps for New Castle County, Delaware

To download the Water Resource Protection GIS Data Layers follow this link and click on WRPA to download the data. Don’t have GIS, view the WRPA data below using ArcGIS Online.


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