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Rainwater Collection in the News

A man in Oregon found out what his city and state would do to him if he collected rain and snow melt run-off on three ponds on his property:

A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.

“The government is bullying,” Harrington told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday.

“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. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

Harrington said he applied for three permits to legally house reservoirs for storm and snow water runoff on his property. One of the “reservoirs” had been on his property for 37 years, he said.

Though the state Water Resources Department initially approved his permits in 2003, the state – and a state court — ultimately reversed the decision.

Mistake number 1)Applying for a permit: A permit is permission to do something that would otherwise be illegal, a tort, or a tresspass. By applying for a permit, you are agreeing to the government conditions

Mistake number 2) Believing the state government would keep its approval valid. They want power over people and more importantly, over the available resources.

Recommendation to Mr. Harrington: Change the dam into a giant swale structure with the excess water following the normal path of water off of his property. He will not hold the water in a reservoir, he will hold it in the ground. There will be no visible water on his property after a rain.

         

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