The White Clay Creek Study
Act (P.L. 106-357) designated 190 miles of the White Clay Creek
and its tributaries into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
The White Clay Creek flows through southwestern Chester County,
Pennsylvania and northwestern New Castle County, Delaware.
Resources: Lime Kilns and 19th century
mills; neotropical migrant birds, including the Cerulean Warbler;
the federally listed endangered Bog Turtle; the most extensive mature
Piedmont forests remaining in the State of Delaware; and the Cockeysville
marble formations, an exceptional aquifer.
The White Clay
Creek watershed is truly an exceptional resource in the bi-state
area. The White Clay Creek watershed is renowned for its scenery,
opportunities for birding and trout fishing and for its historic
features. The watershed is also an important source of drinking
water for residents in both Pennsylvania and Delaware. The proximity
of the Philadelphia and Wilmington-Newark metropolitan areas, however,
is having an impact on the watershed. There are more findings of
pollution, fewer migrating birds, and receding forests. In 1991,
citizens of the White Clay Creek area requested that the creek and
its tributaries be considered for inclusion in the National Wild
and Scenic Rivers System.
Clay Creek Watershed Management Committee's website has
a wealth of information about the White Clay Creek