Wicomico River


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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Don Rush

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.


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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police are investigating the drowning of a man in the Wicomico River.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Riverside Drive. Officers say 24-year-old Lamar Byron Sheppard of Salisbury went into the water and was unable to swim.

Authorities say someone pulled Sheppard from the water and tried CPR. Police say Sheppard was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Salisbury Police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say drowning has been ruled the cause of death of a 25-year-old Salisbury man found dead in the east branch of the Wicomico River in Salisbury City Park.

Police said Wednesday that it could be weeks before the state medical examiner's office gets toxicology results on Rodney Stevenson Jr.

Stevenson's body was found Monday morning near a spillway close to a foot bridge in the park. He had left his home about 12 blocks away on foot less than an hour earlier.

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Salisbury police officers and fire crews yesterday pulled the body of 25 year-old Rodney Stevenson Junior from the Wicomico River’s eastern prong that runs through the Salisbury City Park.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan told reporters that his family had last seen him leave his Ohio Avenue home at around 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

She said a 911 call came in at round 9 o’clock that said a body had been seen floating in the water.

Duncan said Stevenson was going to a location on East Main Street…but did not specify where.

Don Rush

The man, whose body was recovered this morning from the east prong of the Wicomico River in Salisbury, has been identified as  25-year old Rodney Stevenson Jr.

Police say that he was taking a walk at around 9.30 a.m. this morning and somehow wound up in the river.

WBOC reports that police say soon thereafter someone spotted his body floating in the water west of the spillway near the pedestrian bridge in Salisbury Park.

At the scene police told reporters that there appeared to have been an injury to the back of his head.


SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Wicomico County officials say the Upper Ferry is out of service until further notice.

Officials announced Sunday that the ferry that crosses the Wicomico River near Salisbury will be out of service until further notice due to a mechanical failure.

A repair crew is expected to visit Monday to assess the repair.

Don Rush

The pollution build up in the Wicomico River has Salisbury work crews out dealing with globs of muck and trash that have come to the surface.

Mayor Jim Ireton says recent rains has resulted in flushing out the outfall pipes churning up the river.

In addition, to cleaning up the debris emerging from the water, he said, the city is working on a more long term solution like installing grates in the town streets to keep the trash from entering the river.

The Mayor said that the town has another 100 of them coming to the city.


Despite efforts to upgrade the sewage treatment plant in Salisbury the facility is still having its troubles.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is looking into an incident on April 14th that released 30-thosuand gallons of partially treated sewage into the Wicomico River.

Maryland has set aside nearly $25 million to fix the city’s sewage treatment plant to greatly reduce pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.


SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - An annual study of pollution levels in the Wicomico River and its watershed shows that levels went down slightly in 2011.

The Daily Times in Salisbury reports that results from the Wicomico Creekwatchers' 2011 Water Quality Monitoring Results were mixed.

Creekwatchers supervisor Judith Stribling says water clarity went down substantially, which she attributed to low rainfall. That keeps the river from flushing out and promotes algae growth.