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Cleaning up Wicomico River Pollution

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury officials say they are on top of the recent pollution buildup in the Wicomico River that runs through the city.

William Bibbins said he comes to benches along side the river downtown at least once a week to have lunch and says the pollution was very noticeable on Tuesday.

"It take the appearance away.  Yes it does.  You don't see many people in this park like you used to.  So now it's just a passerby thing or something.  Why do you want to go to that park, you can't even see in the water," said Bibbins.

The pollution of the river is something the city has been grappling with for decades but the recent build up is something officials say they are handling quickly.  Mayor Jim Ireton said the recent rain in the area caused the outfall pipes to be flushed out.  That extra water, he said, churned up the river which caused the globs of muck and trash to surface.  The mayor says city crews are taking care of the issue and he is working on a more long-term solution like installing grates in the city streets to stop trash from entering the water.

"We've got another 100 of them coming through.  We put them around all of the convenience stores that have heavy high traffic are with trash convenience stores in town.  We will now branch out into some of our neighborhoods where we have a lot of trash that ends up on the ground and have a lot of homes that don't recycle.  Because that's where we find most of the trash comes from," said Ireton.

Mayor Ireton also says the public can do their part in keeping the river clean by reporting any pollution they see to the city so city crews can clean up the mess.

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