The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, provides maintenance dredging for the Federal navigation channel on the Wicomico River in Wicomico County, Maryland. 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.
This project contributes to protecting environmental habitat, improving water quality and expanding public access within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The operations and maintenance project provides for a channel of 14 feet deep and 150 feet wide from the Chesapeake Bay to Salisbury, including 100-foot-wide channels with turning basins that are 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; a T-shaped basin in a cove that is 100 feet wide and 400 feet long, and an extension of a basin that is 200 feet long and 100 feet wide on each side.
The total project length is 37 miles. The port of Salisbury has the second highest commercial port in Maryland, consisting primarily of petroleum products and grain. Safe barge passage is crucial to maintaining adequate fuel supplies for the Delmarva Peninsula.