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Man Sentenced to 30 Days for Catching Rain Water on Own Property Enters Jail

 
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This is fricking insane!

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(CNSNews.com) – Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.
“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.

Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.

Harrington was found guilty two weeks ago of breaking a 1925 law for having, what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property. He was convicted of nine misdemeanors, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1500 for collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property

Harrington says he is not diverting the state's water -- merely collecting rainwater and snow melt that falls or flows on his own property.

Harrington has vowed to continue to fight the penalty, stating that the government has become “big bullies” and that “from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”

"We as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

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that is messed up. Everyone in that state should start collecting rain water to show support. lol
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I'm of mixed mind on this subject. One side of me says what he collects on his own land is his business, and the other side tells me that if he is obstructing water to other farmers or ranchers that could be a problem.
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Other farmers can also collect their own rainwater. Having lived in farming territory I know what a problem lack of water can be but it is also illegal to collect rain water in Colorado and other states.

Read this and weep friends.

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

(NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.


Learn more: [link to www.naturalnews.com]


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Talk about tyranny. There you have it...over fucking rain water.

These fucking GOV officials have crossed the line. Dick heads....really over fucking collecting rain water.

Who is the asshole that turned him in?
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Does anyboby kmow the laws about collencting own water
in OHIO? Or is it a county law thing???

Lets start working this... They are just going too far now!!!
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This is fricking insane!

[link to cnsnews.com]

(CNSNews.com) – Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.
“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.

Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.

Harrington was found guilty two weeks ago of breaking a 1925 law for having, what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property. He was convicted of nine misdemeanors, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1500 for collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property

Harrington says he is not diverting the state's water -- merely collecting rainwater and snow melt that falls or flows on his own property.

Harrington has vowed to continue to fight the penalty, stating that the government has become “big bullies” and that “from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”

"We as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.
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However, it is not illegal to collect your own semen.
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Other farmers can also collect their own rainwater. Having lived in farming territory I know what a problem lack of water can be but it is also illegal to collect rain water in Colorado and other states.

Read this and weep friends.

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

(NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.


Learn more: [link to www.naturalnews.com]


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 Quoting: Alexander


This information is no longer accurate, at least concerning Utah.... a lil research...
[link to www.waterrights.utah.gov]

States you can collect up to 200 gallons in above ground storage and 2500 below ground so long as you register to do so. Registration is free.
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Does anyboby kmow the laws about collencting own water
in OHIO? Or is it a county law thing???

Lets start working this... They are just going too far now!!!
 Quoting: OHIOHERE 21395806


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Check your local (er state) code to make sure.
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Eagle Point man's 'rainwater' turns out to be more than was initially reported
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he should build a big wall around the edge of his property and turn it all into a lake!! see how they like that!!!
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Expect more of this unless we change the system.

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HEARD ON LARS LARSON
Gary Harrington Does The Rain Dance...

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Last week, we brought you the story of Gary Harrington, the Southern Oregon man who is going to be thrown in jail for "stealing" the government's rain water. It's become a national story, picked up by the likes of Fox News, and CNSNews.

Gary is set to be jailed for 30 days on August 8th. Gary is fighting for his freedom until the very end. A resolution has yet to be reached, but Gary says if he has to, he's prepared to go to jail.

Gary joined us today, along with his legal council, to update us on his case.


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Aint Necessarily So9:17 pm Aug 01, 2012
This story didn't make any sense to me and sure enough, it seems it may not be not exactly true. I'm posting this information where I see the story posted as it's telling partial truths without fact checking that's passing false stories around the internet and I find this very annoying, please pass this on.

Many Oregonians have told me that it's totally legal to catch rain water there and this is what is in the Oregon local news on this story:

[link to www.kpic.com]
[link to www.oregonlive.com]

What Harringon actually did was illegally damned publicly owned waters passing through his land and collected "about 40 acre feet; enough to fill almost 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools" in "man-made reservoirs feature boat docks, boats, and were stocked by Harrington with trout and Bluegill for recreational fishing," and prevented the water from continuing on it's natural and normal route and blocked others downstream from the water. Then the state tried to work with Harrington for TEN YEARS to get him to stop doing this, he was cited, he paid fines, but soon as his probation ran out or the fines were paid, he kept blocking the water and filling these illegal reservoirs and denying water to others downstream. After ten years of trying to work with him and seeing him over and over and over in court and hearing him promise he wouldn't do it again and then seeing him again the court finally sent him to jail. Harrington never applied for a permit for the dams and has never had one.
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There is the argument that when the reservoir is full the water continues to flow.

For example we have a stream that flows through our property - same thing only after the neighbor filled their pond, the water continues to flow and there is no stoppage. This water is also needed downstream for the cattle. And we have the water rights because our property was owed first before anyone lived above us. The guy who wants the water for his cattle is the ranch below us.

The state wants the water and can make it illegal to collect rain water on someones property that they bought and pay taxes on. I think the state is fucked. If the state wants reservoirs let them build them on state land and leave the property owner alone.

My neighbor now has a nice big pond with fish in it. It makes me happy that she did this for herself.

Last Edited by Alexander on 08/10/2012 10:03 PM
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That's absolute bullshit!

Freaking control freaks!

I do not believe anyone is obstructing anything on their land when they collect water on their land. The neighbors would be just as capable to collect rain water on their land too...but nooooooo you'd get arrested!

Fucking rubbish!
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It's not time to fight back yet? Right? Really?

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