Zanesville City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance regarding Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
The EPA has mandated the city to implement a storm water management program. Council President Dan Vincent said it requires the city to update its program rules for erosion and sediment control as well as storm water discharge resulting in construction activities.
"Anytime there is storm runoff, whatever the rain is washing away, it's going to run into the storm drains and end up in our rivers," said Vincent. "The big thing is looking at construction sites where you take up grass and disturb soil. It's very easy for sediment to runoff."
Eroded soil can lead to sewer repairs, property damage and reduced water quality. Vincent said the city has an excellent relationship with the EPA.
"We meet with them regularly and we work very hard to comply," said Vincent. "We want to take care of our environment. It gets expensive sometimes, but we need to take measures to protect it."
Council will address the ordinance again at the next meeting on October 8.