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Wicomico River (Photo by USACE Baltimore Courtesy Image)

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Wicomico River

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Wicomico River, MD

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AUTHORIZATION:  The Wicomico River project was authorized by the River and Harbor Act of September 19, 1890, and modified in 1910, 1919, 1930, 1937 and 1954.

TYPE OF PROJECT:  Navigation

CONTRIBUTION TO CHESAPEAKE BAY:  Contributes to Executive Order 13508 goals by innovatively protecting environmental habitat, improving water quality, and expanding public access within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

PROJECT PHASE:  Operation and Maintenance

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST:  Senators Mikulski and Cardin (MD), Representative Harris (MD-1)

NON-FEDERAL SPONSOR:  Somerset and Wicomico Counties, Maryland, are the local sponsors and are required to provide lands, easements and rights-of-way for the dredging and the placement of the dredged material.

BACKGROUND: The project is located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

The project provides for a channel 14 feet deep and 150 feet wide from the Chesapeake Bay to Salisbury, including a 100 foot wide channels with turning basins all 14 feet deep in the north and south prongs, and a 60-foot wide channel 6 feet deep from deep water in the river to Webster Cove, with a T-shaped basin in the cove 100 feet wide and 400 feet long and extension of the basin 200 feet long and 100 feet wide on each side.  The total project length is 37 miles.  The port of Salisbury has the third highest commercial port in Maryland, consisting of petroleum products and grain.  Barge traffic is crucial to maintaining adequate fuel supplies for the Delmarva Peninsula.

Portions of the navigation channels are maintenance dredged on an annual basis.

STATUS:   FY 2013 funding used to complete maintenance dredging of lower river channels.  FY 2014 funding used to continue engineering & design for future maintenance dredging of reaches of the upper river and award a maintenance dredging contract. 

BUDGET:

Funds Data

Total

Allocation for FY 2013

$1,336,5001

President Budget FY 2014

$1,500,000

Allocation for FY 2014

$TBD

1 $870,000 was allocated in addition to the FY 2013 funding from P.L 113-2, Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013

SCHEDULE:

FY 2013 Completed Work:  Commenced dike construction work for the lower river.

FY 2014 Scheduled Work:  Complete dike construction and initiate and complete maintenance dredging of the lower river with FY2013 funding.  Continue engineering & design for reaches of the upper river and award a maintenance dredging contract. 

For more information regarding the Wicomico River, MD contact Heather Batchelder, CENAB-OP-N, (410) 962-3687, e-mail Heather.batchelder@usace.army.mil.  Also see this project’s related web page at http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Navigation/index.html