The Upper River: Non-Tidal Waters
Non-tidal water refers to any body of water that is not affected by the tide. These bodies of water include ponds and dammed streams from the main waterway. All the ponds in the Wicomico Watershed are either dammed up portions of the headwaters of the river or dugout storm water ponds for developments; there are no natural ponds. Without dams, all the headwaters would become swampy and thickly forested. The ponds are an artificial environment and without human management (including manipulating water levels and dumping chemicals to kill plants) it would fill up with vegetation and turn back into fresh water marshes and swamps. Surrounding the Wicomico River is a handful of beautiful ponds and streams that many people live by but don't realize it. However, the pictures below and the information provided will give you a perspective of the natural beauty surrounding the lonesome river. The map below is centered on the headwaters of the Wicomico River. Headwaters means the start of a river or where the river begins. The river looks like it starts in the middle of the city of Salisbury but that is because all the ponds surrounding the Wicomico River are dammed. Below the map, click on each button to see four of several ponds that have been dammed from the river.