The Bushkill Creek Watershed encompasses 80 square miles of Northampton County, PA, stretching from Bushkill Creek Blue Mountain to the Delaware River in Easton, PA. Groundwater recharge along the wooded slopes of Blue Mountain provides a critical source of high-quality water for the headwaters of the Bushkill Creek.
Most of the upper half of the basin is located in shale and slate geology, and is dominated by woodlands, agriculture, and low-density residential development. The wooded areas generally follow the streams forming “greenways” from Blue Mountain to Jacobsburg State Park. These riparian corridors absorb rainfall and runoff, keep the streams shaded and cool, and provide important habitat for flora and fauna.