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 Oregon man sentenced to 30 days in prison for collecting rain water on his rural property

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An Oregon man is expected to spend a month in jail after being convicted on nine misdemeanor charges related to his illegal use of…water. Gary Harrington was sentenced after being found guilty of illegally collecting water on his own rural property.
Harrington, of Eagle Point, Oregon, has been fighting for his right to do what he wishes with water since 2002. Now more than a decade after he first defended himself over allegations that the man-made ponds on his 170 acres of land violated local law, Harrington has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars and fined over $1,500.
Authorities say that Harrington broke the law by collecting natural rain water and snow runoff that landed on his property. Officials with the Medford Water Commission contested that the water on Harrington’s property, whether or not it came from the sky, was considered a tributary of nearby Crowfoot Creek and thus subject to a 1925 law that gives the MWC full ownership and rights. Therefore prosecutors were able to argue in court — successfully — that three homemade fishing and boating ponds in Harrington’s backyard violated the law.
For filling “three illegal reservoirs” on his property with runoff water, Harrington has been convicted on nine misdemeanor charges in Circuit Court. He says he will attempt to appeal, but as long as the conviction stands to serve 30 days of imprisonment. He has also been sentenced to an additional three years of probation.
"Thirty days in jail for catching rainwater?" Harrington tells the Mail Tribune. "We live in an extreme wildfire area and here the government is going to open the valves and really waste all the water right now, at the start of peak fire season.”
"When it comes to the point where a rural landowner can't catch rainwater that falls on his land to protect his property, it's gone too far," he adds to the Associated Press. "This should serve as a dire warning to all pond owners."
Taking his outrage to CNS News, Harrington says that others should be fearful of how they could come after attack next. In his own case, he was issued permits in 2003 by the state that allowed him to do what he wished with the water on his own property. And although the state Water Resources Department saw no fault at first, they shortly after revoked that license and left Harrington to fight for another nine years.
“The government is bullying. They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough,” he tells CNS.
“This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he insists.
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source: http://rt.com/usa/news/rain-water-harrington-oregon-439/
 

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smh, so crazy.  It's not like the rain only goes into the lakes they want it to. He isn't stealing rain.

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nothing crazy or illogical about this. everything the downpressors do is to keep the common man down and enslaved. self-suffiency and freedom to take caree of oneself is the real threqat to the power monopoly......ppl are being taken to jail or fined for having gardens in their front yards n shit...now they wanna have permits for growing veggies in ur graden  ::) they been swat teeming ppl growin veggies indoors claimin its weed ::)

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nothing crazy or illogical about this. everything the downpressors do is to keep the common man down and enslaved. self-suffiency and freedom to take caree of oneself is the real threqat to the power monopoly......ppl are being taken to jail or fined for having gardens in their front yards n shit...now they wanna have permits for growing veggies in ur graden  ::) they been swat teeming ppl growin veggies indoors claimin its weed ::)

be afraid!!!  8)

nah, time to bring it or suck it,.... :o
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Fuck the system, i collect rain water through the gutters which is then connected straight to a my irrigation system, which then runs into my 15sqm vege garden.
I feel sorry for the people who use their front gardens to grow produce and then have them destroyed by these thugs.
Time to start the revolution before it's too late.


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