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Troubled waters: Cities right to sue


State law endangers their ability to prevent tainted reservoirs

As five Ohio cities sue to overturn a hastily passed state law that threatens the safety of drinking water for millions, the legislature should fix its mistake rather than risk a legal rebuke.

A provision slipped into the new state budget — at the 11th hour and without proper debate — essentially allows neighbors along rivers and reservoirs to trespass, mow and alter publicly owned lands. This ill-considered permission could justify about any change on these buffer strips, some as wide as 400 feet.

Trees blocking a waterfront view? Chop ’em down. Tall grasses ruining a manicured lawn? Mow. Want easier access to the waterfront? Build steps.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday September 17, 2015

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