Four Ohio Cities Sue Over Access To Reservoir Buffer Zones
Columbus is one of four Ohio cities asking a Franklin County judge to grant an injunction to stop a new state law from taking effect at the end of the month. The law that was inserted into the recent two year state budget bill allows homeowners living next to buffer zones along reservoirs to mow the grass and cut down trees. The zones are natural water filters and typically are owned by local governments. Westerville, Barberton and Akron are the other cities involved in the case. The City of Columbus, the Ohio Sierra Club, the Ohio Environmental Council, Friends of the Scioto River, and Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed are among the groups opposed to the new law.