Opponents Decry Sale Of Cumberland Watershed

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — More than 250 Cumberland residents say they oppose the city’s proposed sale of about 3,800 rural acres in neighboring Pennsylvania to a conservation group.

The names were on a petition that opposition leaders gave the City Council on Tuesday.

The forested land is in the watershed of two reservoirs that supply Cumberland’s drinking water.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is offering $4 million for the land.

The city would keep the water rights and the right to buy back the property at the same price should the conservancy ever decide to sell or transfer it.

The City Council plans to vote on the matter on March 1.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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