Sunday, February 11, 2024



As I posted in November, the tank site was undergoing a clear cut. Now it appears to be complete and you can see the results. What once was a thick growth of oaks and pines is now a swampy mess. We hope the final result will be better than it is now.

February 2024

October 2020

Saturday, November 11, 2023



Last night Lynette Kenney received the Mike Pretl Award for Environmental Advocacy from the Wicomico Environmental Trust (WET) during its annual dinner, awards, and silent auction banquet. Here is what WET had to say about Mrs. Kenney's contributions.

"Lynette Kenney is a wife, mother, grandmother, and activist. Her life experiences led her to form the Neighborhood Action Group (NAG). In 2019 NAG worked together to try to put a stop to a 3-million-gallon dissolved air flotation (DAF) storage tank that was built less than a quarter mile from her home. Though the group could not stop the tank's construction, they were able to highlight the effects DAF has on fields, local waterways, and the community. Through her efforts, a moratorium was passed to prevent future DAF tank construction in Wicomico County."

In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Kenney told the story of NAG's fight to restrict tank usage which eventually led to a total ban on DAF tanks and lagoons in Wicomico County. She ended by acknowledging other NAG members and told the audience that the fight is not over.

Lynette Kenney



It's been a somewhat quiet summer with little to post since the ban on most DAF storage was passed by the Wicomico County Council. However, NAG is still vigilant and still unhappy that the tank is near our homes. Soon the winter storage should start and most likely we will see more tank truck traffic and smell the putrid DAF as the tank fills.

The biggest visible change is the clear cutting of the land on which the tank sits. The corner of Porter Mill and Riggin roads is quite bare of trees, the tank is monumentally visible and its lights break the darkness of the night skies. Any filter between the nearby residents and tank-related activities is gone.

The before and after photos show the stark difference.

"Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving
fresh strength to our people." 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Friday, March 17, 2023



The leak that occured at the DAF tank on Porter Mill Road has made the news and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has published some reports concerning the leak. Without cloudying the information, I am posting links to WMDT, Channel 47's recent broadcasts and to the MDE's Compliance Inspections reports site.

WMDT March 8 initial coverage of spill.

WMDT March 9, 2023 update.

WMDT news cast that updated the news.

And here is the MDE reports site. To use this site, you must type in "Burns" into the site name and select "Wicomico" from the county list and then click on the "Filter" button. The inspection reports pertaining to the recent spill can be found on page 2 (click on page 2 at the bottom, right section of the page.) The reports are PDFs and the pictures are a DOCX and PDF files. Be sure to look at the pictures they really show how bad this spill is.

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)

Friday, March 10, 2023


In case you did not see the local news coverage about the leak from the DAF tank on Porter Mill Road, here is the link to current WBOC story. (If you can't see it, then they may have taken it down.) We are waiting to receive an official report from the State on exactly how much was spilled and the result of water testing around the tank. I will post all news about this spill as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, here is what I saw this week.

I watched the cleanup as much as possible throughout the week and saw many vacuum trucks and dump trucks go up and down the road. Here you can see the large, white vacuum truck next to the tank.

On Thursday I observed this truck carrying straw to the tank. 

NAG warned the County that a leak was a strong possibility and too risky considering the tank's proximity to wetlands. Almost everyone in the area is paying to have their water tested too. Here you can see the activity around the tank and the yellow hose (left) going into the wooded area.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Update Tank Leak

 The tank in Porter Mill Road developed a leak on Monday, March 6. The cleanup is still in process. For more information watch tonight's Channel 48 news at 5:30. More info on this blog tomorrow. 

Monday, February 27, 2023

OC Film Festival to Screen NAG video

NAG is pleased to announce that the DAF tank video, Gut Soup, will be part of the Ocean City Film Festival this year. The documentary is about the tank on Porter Mill Road and is by Andrew Harper and is produced by the Wicomico Environmental Trust.

Gut Soup will be shown at the Fox Gold Coast Theatre (11301 Coastal Highway, OC) as part of the "Maritime Life" documentaries. This group of films runs 9:30 AM -11:30 AM on Saturday, March 4. Passes must be purchased.

Use the link below to access the festival guide and program.
Ocean City Film Festival Film Guide