Oxbow pond back before Council

Columbus Council will take up once again Tuesday the question of what to do with a pond behind the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

The pond, nicknamed "Beaver Pond" by the learning center's staff, belongs to the city and is slated to become a landfill for tree limbs, grass clippings and other inert waste.

Columbus State University, which runs the facility off S. Lumpkin Road, has said the pond is vital to Oxbow's mission, and if it's filled, the university likely will pull out of the center.

According to a presentation on the city's Web site, city staff recommends selling the pond to CSU, and put the proceeds towards another alternative for disposing of inert waste.

CSU, though, has said buying the pond is not a likely option.