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Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant Prepares for Upgrades

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Aerial view of the Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16) Aerial view of the Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)

SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury public works officials are hoping needed upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant will help put them back on track after getting embroiled in legal problems over the plant's nitrogen output levels.

Last spring, the state of Maryland fined Salisbury for sewage overflow and permit violations. The city's public works department is now working on a preliminary engineering report for the Maryland Department of the Environment.

"Those numbers are still in negotiation," said Salisbury Public Works Director Teresa Gardner. "We are working on an agreement with MDE that will outline that."

Additionally, the city is immersed in litigation against O'Briene & Gere, the engineering firm whose $80 million in upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant were intended to help the city meet environmental standards. A federal judge recently approved the $60 million lawsuit against the firm to be heard in Wicomico County, which Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton believes will help the city reduce legal costs.

Crews hope to start putting the "corrective action plan" for the wastewater treatment plant in place during the course of what Gardner hopes will be a more promising year.

"It looks optimistic so we're excited, really starting to move forward which is a good thing for city and folks who live here," she said.

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