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Big Chicken House Forum Draws Big Crowd in Wicomico County

Don Rush

Maryland officials told Wicomico County residents that when it came to pollution from the planned mega chicken house operation along Naylor Mill Road there would be zero tolerance.

There were around 400 people who showed up at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for last night’s meeting put together by County Executive Bob Culver.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that among the signs at the meeting – one read: “Save our water for our future.”

The paper reports that the Wicomico Environmental Trust and the local chapter of the NAACP have called for a moratorium on such operations until there are new rules established.

The poultry operation north of Salisbury would have 10 large chicken houses with thousands of chickens.

The announcement of the project caught local officials by surprise and has led the county council to look at some industry guidelines that include buffer zones and setbacks.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.