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Public Airs Complaints About Wicomico County Septic Management


Management of septic systems in Wicomico County has come in for criticism by industry professionals.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the problems involve permit delays and inconsistent staff recommendations.

Frustration boiled over during a recent meeting of more than a hundred county residents and professionals.

The paper reports they complained about delays in getting septic permits.

Allison Marine, the county director of Environmental Health, said that the standard permitting process should take around 45 days.

Bob Mitchell, County Director of Environmental Programs emailed that Wicomico has four field staff and one supervisor in the department compared to five specialists and two trainees in Worcester County.

The problems of the County Health Department has led to greater state involvement.

The paper reports that last October the Maryland Department for the Environment began helping and training the county staff for six months.

In addition, three public meetings have be held with local residents.

Don Rush is the News Director 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.