clean water

Don Rush

Delaware residents could see a surcharge of up to $80 on their personal income taxes for projects to improve the state’s water quality.

A measure has been introduced in the state House of Representatives that would impose a surcharge equal to ten percent of income liabilities.

It would be capped at $40 for individuals and $80 for joint filings.

WBOC reports that the measure would bring in around $20 million to help pay for water and waste water system upgrades over the next five years.

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Mayor Jake Day declared last night that Salisbury was on track to become one of the great small cities in the country.

It’s only been a year since he took office.

And he touted the city’s progress in that time as he spoked to a packed crowd in the Wicomico Room on the campus of Salisbury University.

“It’s going to take an army of people who are dedicated to changes this community, to keep this progress up. It’s going to take a change in mindset. It’s going to take a change in our self-esteem and how we think about ourselves as a city.”

creative commons

Before the Somerset County Zoning and Planning Commission yesterday was a battle over chickens.

Dozens of residents and environmental activists showed up to urge the panel to deny any new proposals for large-scale poultry operations.

Dr. Sacoby Wilson from the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health told the panel that there were serious health risks to the local water supply from chicken farms including pathogens, E. Coli and Salmonella.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel that advises lawmakers and officials on drinking water and wastewater issues in Delaware are concerned that a clean-water initiative proposed by Gov. Jack Markell has failed to win much support in the legislature.

The chairman of Delaware's Water Infrastructure Advisory Council said Tuesday that he is disappointed with how Markell's plan has been received by state lawmakers. He encouraged members to contact legislators and urge them to support the plan.