SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Wicomico County crews are working overtime to prepare for the disposal of tons of mud and silt expected to be dredged from the upper Wicomico River.

Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt says the river is a major lifeline and must be dredged periodically.

The county has until Oct. 1 to prepare room for the 100,000 cubic feet of dredge material, known as spoils. The Army Corps of Engineers will deepen the river, but the county is responsible for the spoils.

Acting Public Works Director John Redden says contractors are often putting in 50 to 60 hours a week working to make room at Sharp’s Point, using heavy machinery to move earth and trucking some away.

Redden says spoils are used as landfill cover, and wetlands creation is another possible use.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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