- Blackbird Creek (Delaware)
Blackbird Creek is a river, approximately 10 mi (16 km) long, in northern
Delawarein the United States.
It rises in southern New Castle County, in several streams southwest of Blackbird, in the
Blackbird State Forest. It flows northeast, in a highly meandering course, flowing into the north end of Delaware Bayapproximately 0.25 mi (0.5km) south of the mouth of the Appoquinimink Riverand approximately 2 mi (3.2 km) north of Taylors Bridge.
The watershed of the river is largely forested and rural. Near its mouth, it is surrounded by extensive
salt marshes, with extensive populations of saltmarsh cordwood("Spartina alterniflora") and common reed. The lower river upstream from Delaware State Highway 9is protected as part of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, along with portions of the lower Appoquinimink.
The damming of this creek was the subject of the 1829 Supreme Court case that gave rise to the theory of the
Dormant Commerce Clause.
List of Delaware rivers
* [http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Delaware/BlackbirdCreek.html NOAA: Delaware NERR]
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