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Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!

 
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Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
I’ve taken a look at some mighty impressive rainwater collection systems in the past, but it appears that Gary Harrington, 64, takes the proverbial cake when it comes to hoarder-esque rainwater collection activities: over the years, the Oregon resident has built three massive reservoirs — in actuality, they’re more like proper man-made ponds — on his 170-acre property on Crowfoot Road in rural Eagle Point that hold roughly 13 million gallons of rainwater and snow runoff. That’s enough agua to fill about 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Of course, it boggles the mind as to what a single man needs that much rainwater for. One would assume that Harrington is reusing it both for irrigation purposes and for non-potable indoor use as well, which, unlike in many states, is permitted in Oregon. But 13 million gallons? Apparently Harrington, who has stocked at least one of the reservoirs with largemouth bass and built docks around it, believes that his watery stash is a much-needed necessity when wildfires pop up in the area. “The fish and the docks are icing on the cake," Harrington tells the Medford Mail Tribune. "It's totally committed to fire suppression."

The bigger story here is that rainwater collection is indeed kosher in Oregon, provided that you’re capturing it from an artificial, impervious surface such as a rooftop with the assistance of rainwater barrels. But an extensive reservoir set-up complete with 10- and 20-foot-tall dams is verboten without the proper, state-issued water-right permits — after all, Oregon law dictates that water is a publicly owned resource — and Harrington did not possess said permits.

And so, after a protracted battle with Oregon’s Water Resources Department, Harrington was convicted of nine misdemeanors and sentenced to 30 days in jail, slapped with a $1,500 fine, and ordered to breach his dams and drain his ponds. After the sentencing in late July, Harrington surrendered himself to authorities late last week and began his stint at the Jackson County Jail.

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I am at least glad to hear that collecting the runoff in rain barrels is at least not against the law in that rainy state.
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
No if's and or but's....Agenda 21.
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
How can something that falls from the sky be owned by anybody? If the government owns the fucking water, they should have to come and get it when it floods my fucking basement.

I bet the jew judge would find some reason why it isn't a public resource in that case.
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
I’ve taken a look at some mighty impressive rainwater collection systems in the past, but it appears that Gary Harrington, 64, takes the proverbial cake when it comes to hoarder-esque rainwater collection activities: over the years, the Oregon resident has built three massive reservoirs — in actuality, they’re more like proper man-made ponds — on his 170-acre property on Crowfoot Road in rural Eagle Point that hold roughly 13 million gallons of rainwater and snow runoff. That’s enough agua to fill about 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Of course, it boggles the mind as to what a single man needs that much rainwater for. One would assume that Harrington is reusing it both for irrigation purposes and for non-potable indoor use as well, which, unlike in many states, is permitted in Oregon. But 13 million gallons? Apparently Harrington, who has stocked at least one of the reservoirs with largemouth bass and built docks around it, believes that his watery stash is a much-needed necessity when wildfires pop up in the area. “The fish and the docks are icing on the cake," Harrington tells the Medford Mail Tribune. "It's totally committed to fire suppression."

The bigger story here is that rainwater collection is indeed kosher in Oregon, provided that you’re capturing it from an artificial, impervious surface such as a rooftop with the assistance of rainwater barrels. But an extensive reservoir set-up complete with 10- and 20-foot-tall dams is verboten without the proper, state-issued water-right permits — after all, Oregon law dictates that water is a publicly owned resource — and Harrington did not possess said permits.

And so, after a protracted battle with Oregon’s Water Resources Department, Harrington was convicted of nine misdemeanors and sentenced to 30 days in jail, slapped with a $1,500 fine, and ordered to breach his dams and drain his ponds. After the sentencing in late July, Harrington surrendered himself to authorities late last week and began his stint at the Jackson County Jail.

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This is just plain evil.
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
yea, put his @ss to jail!!
he dont own the rain!
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
Rainwater, Raw Milk - Gardens are next because "they can't control what pesticides you do or do not put on your plants" !
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
How can something that falls from the sky be owned by anybody? If the government owns the fucking water, they should have to come and get it when it floods my fucking basement.

I bet the jew judge would find some reason why it isn't a public resource in that case.
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clappa
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Cool.
Most of such news here are made up, but this is real and it makes me laugh! : )
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
bump
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
Only Buffet and Bush can hoard water!
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Re: Oregon Man Sentenced To Jail For Possession of … ILLICIT RAINWATER!!!
How can something that falls from the sky be owned by anybody? If the government owns the fucking water, they should have to come and get it when it floods my fucking basement.

I bet the jew judge would find some reason why it isn't a public resource in that case.
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it's the public, mainly his neighbours, he is depriving of water.

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