Wicomico River

Don Rush

A new report found that the sewage treatment plant for Salisbury has racked up over $333-thousand in fines since 2012.

The new $80 million plant went on line seven years ago and a second renovation attempt is now in the works costing $64 million to shore up the facility’s pollution problem

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that The Environmental Integrity Project found that the plant has discharged more than 200 tons of nitrogen into the Wicomico River last year.

Renovations are expected to be completed in 2018.


Local law enforcement is trying to identify two bodies.

One was found in Pocomoke River on Monday morning and another two weeks ago in the Wicomico River near the downtown Salisbury Riverwalk.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that both are African American adult men.

The paper reports that there are no reports of missing persons matching their descriptions.

Police say the Maryland Medical Examiner is now determining the cause of death but they say there is no indication of foul play.

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It may be a blip but the Wicomico River has the highest levels of fecal bacteria in its recorded history and algae has made a comeback.

That was the conclusion of a report by the environmental group Wicomico Creekwatchers.

Given the rainy season last year it is believed to be a onetime event.

Judith Stribling, a biology professor at Salisbury University and with the Creekwatchers, told the Salisbury Daily Times that wet years always look bad while dry years produce better results.

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The Salisbury Police have identified a body found in the Wicomico River as Richard Hitchens Jr.

He was found in the north prong.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities are still trying to figure out how he got into the water.

Ron Holloway, owner of R.C. Holloway Company told the paper that one of his employees found the body around 8 a.m. yesterday and then called police.

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$112 million is coming Maryland’s way as part of a 2017 Senate bill funding Energy and Water Development that was approved this week.

The money will be will go to projects by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involving the state’s waterway and infrastructure.

The projects range from $62 million for Poplar Island environmental restoration and $1 million for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration program to $1.9 million for the Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive restoration plan and $2 million for maintenance dredging of the Wicomico River.

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WHITEHAVEN, Md. (AP) - The Whitehaven Ferry is returning to the waters of the Wicomico River.
The ferry is returning to service Tuesday after an overhaul. It has been offline since November.
The ferry serves as the only link across the Wicomico River between rural sections of Wicomico and Somerset counties.
A contractor has replaced the bulkhead on either side of the ferry ramp on the Wicomico side of the river and replaced the cable that pulls the ferry from one side of the river to the other.

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Wicomico County could see the largest chicken operation to be built in the area just outside of Salisbury.

It would contain 13 poultry houses and would be located near Naylor Mill and North West roads to the northwest of the town.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the proposal has environmentalists rallying for a fight against the project.

They say it’s just part of a major move toward large poultry operations that began in Accomack and Somerset counties.

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Salisbury Police saved a man who jumped into the Wicomico River in an apparent suicide attempt.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan along with Cpl. David Underwood dove in after him Wednesday and brought him to safety.

He was eventually taken to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Police say that man had called 911 threatening to kill himself by jumping off the bridge.

Underwood told the Salisbury Daily that he believes the man wanted help.


The body 50 year old Kenneth Vickers has been picked up from the Wicomico River.

He had been out in his boat when it struck a dredge pontoon and was thrown out of the vessel.

His wife, Flora, was also on the boat and suffered non-serious injuries.

She was taken to the hospital.

The U.S. Coast Guard had been searching for Vickers since Saturday along with help from Wicomico County Salisbury and state agencies.

Officials told WBOC that this is the 12 boating death of the year matching 2014.

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The Wicomico River got some mixed reviews from a local environmental group.

The Wicomico Creekwatchers found that the nitrogen and phosphorous level have improved slightly.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the bacterial levels were found to be a high risk for swimmers at six out of eight sites that were tested.

This was worse than a year ago.

The group of Salisbury University volunteers tested 22 sites along the Wicomico River.