SALISBURY, Md. – A group opposing a possible chicken farm off Naylor Mill Road will make its voice heard at Tuesday night’s county council meeting.
The group, Concerned Citizens Against Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, said the project, which would consist of roughly 13 large-scale chicken houses, would be placed on a plot of land at the corner of Naylor Mill and North West roads and sit directly above the palaeochannel that supplies a majority of the county’s water.
Gabby Cammarata, the group’s spokesperson, said the waste that would come from roughly 500,000 chickens would be pose a significant threat to the water supply.
"If we were to have something like Flint, Michigan happen to us down on Delmarva," Cammarata said, “That's a big deal. That's hundreds of thousands of people that are going to be affected."
Other concerns include nearby residential housing. Many of the members of the group opposed to the project live within a mile. While the main concern is the safety of the palaeochannel, there is also worry the massive operation would cause housing values to decline.
Also, Cammarata points to what she calls an overall lack of awareness about the proposed project. She didn’t learn about it until she saw something on Facebook and wishes there had been more attention brought to the public by the council.
Wicomico County Council President John Cannon said the chicken farm project was not on Tuesday night’s agenda.