Report: Wicomico River's Water Quality Declines - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Report: Wicomico River's Water Quality Declines

Posted: Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- The Wicomico River Health Report was released Thursday and the results showed its water quality has gotten worse.  

The Wicomico Environmental Trust and Wicomico Creekwatchers put out the report. Judith Stribling, member of the Wicomico Creekwatchers and a biology professor at Salisbury University, said in the report that water quality was worse than the previous year.

Stribling said that there were higher levels of phosphorous, nitrogen and bacteria.

Stribling also stated the higher amount of phosphorous was due to stormwater runoff, a big problem the Wicomico River faces.

"When you have a lot of rainfall that delivers nutrients but it also can flush away the algae in the river and that can give you what looks like good water quality, but basically it's just a temporary thing," Stribling said.

Scientists like Stribling have been monitoring 22 sites up-and-down the river from March to November. And Stribling said anyone who plans on swimming in the water should think twice before they hop in.

"If it hasn't rained in a week you're OK," Stribling said. "If it's rained in the last 48 hours, do not go swimming."

Environmentalists like Keota Silaphone said that one way to fix the problem is through education.

"Next year we're really hoping to say, 'OK, we've looked at 15 years worth of data that regular people have been collecting. Let's put it out there in a way that people can digest it better,'" Silaphone said. 

Both Stribling and Silaphone said people need to be more conscious of their environment. Things we can do to improve the water quality ourselves include cleaning up any loose trash and also cleaning up after our pets. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Laurel Murder

    Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Laurel Murder

    Feb 23, 2018 2:53 PM2018-02-23 19:53:00 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:42 PM EST2018-02-23 20:42:59 GMT
    Stephon JacksonStephon Jackson
    Stephon JacksonStephon Jackson
    A 19-year-old Laurel man faces up to 105 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2017 shooting that left an 18-year-old man dead.More
    A 19-year-old Laurel man faces up to 105 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2017 shooting that left an 18-year-old man dead.More
  • No Home Confinement for Former Delaware Prison Guard

    No Home Confinement for Former Delaware Prison Guard

    Feb 23, 2018 5:07 PM2018-02-23 22:07:00 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:07 PM EST2018-02-23 22:07:14 GMT
    A federal judge says he has no authority to allow home confinement for a former Delaware prison guard sentenced to three years for smuggling drugs and cellphones to inmates.More
    A federal judge says he has no authority to allow home confinement for a former Delaware prison guard sentenced to three years for smuggling drugs and cellphones to inmates.More
  • Local Fans React to Cape-Smyrna "Basketbrawl"

    Local Fans React to Cape-Smyrna "Basketbrawl"

    Feb 23, 2018 10:21 PM2018-02-24 03:21:00 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 10:22 PM EST2018-02-24 03:22:26 GMT
    DOVER, Del.- After a fight broke out at a high school basketball game on Thursday night, local fans were shocked that violence ensued during a playoff match-up. The fight broke out before the conference game between Cape Henlopen and Smyrna finished at MiMore
    After a fight broke out at a high school basketball game on Thursday night, local fans were shocked that violence ensued during a playoff match-up. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices