Trout Creek Watershed
The Trout Creek is a very fluid system, rapidly moving not only water, but boulders, gravel, and fine sediments as well. The lower portion of Trout Creek flows over deep deposits of gravel, which have historically been excavated to build highways and roads in and around Sussex. This fact has resulted in some negative impacts on the health of the Trout Creek, evident near Burton Park in Sussex. From its headwaters south of Waterford the Trout Creek flows due northwest through the small scenic hamlet towards first, Sussex Corner and then Sussex, where it empties into the Kennebecasis River. The headwaters of Trout Creek are rugged forested hills with steep slopes while the lower reaches of Trout Creek are dominated by the agriculture and urban areas around Sussex.
The land use in this sub-watershed is broken down as follows:
- 84% Forestry
- 11% Agriculture
- 4% Occupied
- 1% Water/Wetland
The hills around the headwaters of Trout Creek are over 350m (1150’). The valleys are often steep sided and many rock outcrops can easily be seen driving up the watershed. Trout Creek might easily be considered the most dramatic watershed within the Kennebecasis system. In its 29.1km length it drops from approximately 360m to just under 15m.
There are 6 key tributaries to the Trout Creek sub-watershed.
|#||Name of Tributary||approx. length (km)|
|1||Main stem Trout Creek||29.1|
|2||Cedar Camp Brook||15.5|