A large crowd in Accomack on Wednesday heard results of a feasibility study for a regional sewer line from Nassawadox to Accomac.
A similar meeting was scheduled Thursday in Northampton.
"What it means to me is economic development; what it also means is good, clean water that is necessary for so many things on the Shore — not the least of which is aquaculture," said Steve Johnsen, chairman of a committee of around 30 working on the plan.
Shore officials are working with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District on the regional wastewater project, which would leverage excess capacity at Onancock's treatment facility for other towns, possibly along the railroad easement.
Most Accomack and Northampton residents use septic systems, along with a few aging treatment facilities in some locations, which stifles growth, according to the presenters.