Cleaning up Wicomico River Pollution - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Cleaning up Wicomico River Pollution

Posted:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

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.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Sending Help to Va Tornado Victims

    Sending Help to Va Tornado Victims

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:46:03 GMT
    In response to Thursday's tragic storm that ripped through the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is anticipating the continued help needed for those in the community.More
    In response to Thursday's tragic storm that ripped through the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is anticipating the continued help needed for those in the community.
    More
  • Va. Gov.: Blessing More Didn't Die in Tornado

    Va. Gov.: Blessing More Didn't Die in Tornado

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:33:49 GMT
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says it's a blessing more people didn't die when a tornado swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore that claimed two lives and injured 36 others.
    More
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says it's a blessing more people didn't die when a tornado swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore that claimed two lives and injured 36 others.

    More
  • Dover Police: Man Arrested with 1,300 Bags of Heroin

    Dover Police: Man Arrested with 1,300 Bags of Heroin

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:02:39 GMT
    Dover police say officers arrested a Millsboro man after they found 1,300 bags of heroin in his possession Thursday night. More
    Dover police say officers arrested a Millsboro man after they found 1,300 bags of heroin in his possession Thursday night. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Va. Gov. McAuliffe to Tour Tornado Damage

    Updated: Va. Gov. McAuliffe to Tour Tornado Damage

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:04:23 GMT
    Flattened trees, flipped-over RVs, scattered tents, and awnings ripped from trailers - a scene of devastation awaited the visit of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe the day after a tornado ripped through a campground on the Chesapeake Bay.More
    Flattened trees, flipped-over RVs, scattered tents, and awnings ripped from trailers - a scene of devastation awaited the visit of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe the day after a deadly tornado ripped through a campground on the Chesapeake Bay.More
  • Del. Court Upholds Death Sentence in Rape-Murder

    Del. Court Upholds Death Sentence in Rape-Murder

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:12:22 GMT
    Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.More
    Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.More
  • Appointed Delaware Tech President Rejects Offer

    Appointed Delaware Tech President Rejects Offer

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:34:30 GMT
    Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy announced Thursday he will not become the fifth president of Delaware Technical Community College.More
    Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy announced Thursday he will not become the fifth president of Delaware Technical Community College.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service