Oregon Government Owns All Rainwater & Snow Melt in Their State

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Gary Harrington and local supporters

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia DA, just won a lawsuit against the EPA for trying to regulate all water in a particular county in their state. Cuccinelli won the first leg of the case, hopefully there won’t be an appeal.

It is not unusual, however, for the government, state or federal to lay claim to the rain and snow melt. They will have us dependent for even our water sources if they can.

In an Oregon case, a man was found guilty of collecting rainwater and snow melt on his own property.

Last July, in Oregon, Gary Harrington was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $1500 fine for collecting rain on his own property. He was collecting them in reservoirs, one which was installed in 1937. He did obtain permits in 2003, but the state took them away arbitrarily he claims.

He was charged with nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for allegedly having “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow.

Tom Paul, administrator of the Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington does not have the right to collect rain water and snow melt because it would otherwise run off into streams that run into the Butte. Paul claims that he has no right to do that. All rain water and snow melt is public water and belongs to the government.

Mr. Harrington of Eagle Point, Oregon, called the government bullies.

From the following video:

…“They’re (the Oregon government) covering up so many crimes it’s unbelievable,” Dominic Notter, a friend of and legal advisor to Harrington, told the Daily News. “I’ve never seen a case like this.”

Notter said that during the trial, jurors were not allowed to hear Harrington’s evidence because the judge said it “may prejudice the jury.”

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The activist said it seems state authorities have pursued Harrington because they are interested in “setting precedent.”

“They’re saying it’s for the wildlife,” Notter said, explaining that he thinks the court’s agenda might have something to do with the fact that “water will be the next fuel.”…

 

 

Both sides of the argument:

When we first built our house in New York, a neighbor sent some government bullies to our door to tell us any rainwater that fell on our property was ours and we had to construct walls or whatever it took to keep the water on our property. We chased them off our property and they have not been seen since but this is a good example of how the government will use the endless laws to do whatever they want.

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