Skip to comments.It Begins… US Citizen Goes to Jail for Collecting Rain Water
Posted on 07/09/2014 1:57:01 PM PDT by george76
Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property, went to jail today.
Gary Harrington will be serving in jail until September 2014 for collecting rainwater.
Im 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at thegatewaypundit.com ...
Maybe I need to get rid of the birdbath in my backyard...
They declared his property a wetland, so removing rainwater is “endangering” it. It doesn’t matter that the fire department relies on his supply of water as an emergency backup.
Water rights and the laws involving them are complex, but they have existed for centuries for a reason.
In the Founders' day, a farmer who dammed up a creek to prevent his neighbors herds or crops from being watered would be in a heap of legal trouble.
I used to collect the snowmelt to use for watering my carnivorous plant terrarium for my kids many years ago.
Better lock me up.
This is not about environmentalism, but about water rights - specifically about Harrington diverting water from the Big Butte River.
How many thousands of gallons of that snowmelt did you store on the reservoirs you built on your property?
Didn’t they have a bucket brigade protest some years back over silly regs? Do we need a rain barrel one too?
THis is sickening, we have become a nation that is nitpicking itself to death.
So that county has 90 days at wha? 100 dollars a day to waste incarcerating him?
Meanwhile terrorist training camps there and elsewhere get? no attention
This story is almost 2 years old. Why is Gateway Pundit posting it now?
I have thought of building a “stealth water reclamation system into my gutters to siphon it into the backyard into a giant tank for use for watering my lawn.
Just the water off my roof mind you.
Is the EPA the New Gestapo
That was the federal government arbitrarily preventing farmers from continuing to enjoy the benefits of local water flow on environmentalist grounds.
This is a private individual stealing 13 million gallons of water from his neighbors, and the state government won't let him get away with it.
This has literally nothing to do with the EPA.
So he should be allowed to commit grand theft with impunity?
13 million gallons of water falls on your roof?
Take it to the supreme court and make them Pay!
13 million gallons of water falls on your roof?
“Your honors, Justices of the US Supreme Court, my client stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of other people’s property, and now he’s going to jail! We want justice!”
Thanks for the key info, wideawake!
this guy is diverting water from a stream/river... NOT from his roof into rainbarrels....
It’s a little more complicated, since he’s not diverting any tributaries, just rainwater on his property. Maybe that’s too fine a point, though.
Oregon is a heavy leftist state.
I’m curious who this fellow has voted for over the years.
That's not your roof.
You didn't build that roof on your own.
You had help.
The people built the road the roofing truck travelled on.
The democrat and republican politicians in Washington worked hard to make it possible for illegals to come into the country to work for the roofing contractors.
The Mexican illegals who worked for the roofer hauled the shingles up and nailed them down.
I don’t know, they have two vastly different stories. They say he’s diverting a stream, which means he’s not in jail for collecting rain water. In AZ they prefer you collect rain water, better than running off with whatever pollution it collected from your property.
He’s not damming a creek. He’s doing something that was done for centuries. He’s collecting rain.
The EPA is using his case as a test case to argue that citizens only have right to the water they are given.
Sorry wideawake, should have read before I posted.
You are so far out there that discussion isn't possible.
Harrington should go to jail on this issue.
Just because water runs through his property does not give him the right to do whatever you want with that water, build reservoirs to dam it up, and keep it from flowing to his neighbors.
By your own definition the water neither belongs to those downstream as well.
It's hilarious how free riders and thieves like Bundy and Harrington pretend to be conservatives, and get gullible idiots to donate to them and defend them.
You just got took by a shyster.
And who said it did??
Where do you think creeks and rivers come from? That they appear by magic?
Rainwater is a key source of most running waters.
Diverting rainwater into multimillion gallon reservoirs is identical in effect to damming up a creek.
Harrington sounds sympathetic until you read more about him. I was sympathetic to this crook at first too.
He did NOT dam up a creek.
He collected water that fell on his property.
Just because the rain on your roof ends up in the ocean, doesn’t mean your rain gutters are diverting a river.
The goose steppers on the move. No longer America.
This is not "rain on his roof" - learn more about the case before you defend a thief.
If he is a thief, that means he stole this water. Who did he steal it from? To whom did it belong before he stole it?
Is it 2016 already!?!
People down stream.
If this man wants 30-million gallons of water he should have that right.
Water is a renewable resource and his pond caused nobody any harm what-so-ever.
No cattle died of dehydration, no dam eruptions mowing down homes, nothing.
To call somebody a thief is purely irrational in this situation.
You must have a reason for this attack on somebody using
his property as he sees fit. Care to share that reason?
Grand theft of what is FALLING on his property?
That’s retarded. Even from you...
Do they have a receipt for rain water that fell on someone else’s property?
Guess it isn’t theirs then.
This is no different from damming up a creek, or digging a watercourse on your property that drains another person's pond onto your property.
And spare us the ridiculous argument that his crime "hurt no one."
If I went onto a farm and stole a bushel of corn, could I argue "Hey, this farm produces 3.4mm bushels each season, they probably lose dozens of bushels to wastage when they harvest."
He broke the law, he took 13 million gallons of water he had no legal title to, and he paid the price.
He’s not arrested for rain water. He’s arrested for diverting stream water:
The Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the states water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River.
HE keeps insisting it’s just rain water and snow melt, which I suppose has some level of technical accuracy since that’s what streams are made of. But when a stream originate OFF your property and continues OFF your property you don’t get to take it. It’s a public property stream. These are old laws, and he broke them.
I’m sorry, but unsurprised, that you know absolutely nothing about how water rights work.
Does he have a receipt for the water he’s holding? No? Then I guess it isn’t his then, and anyone else can just take it.
He built reservoirs on his own property.
And? It still only catches the water that falls on his land to begin with.
Interesting you are only taking the governments word as gospel.
Long track record of telling the truth from the government... Right?
I’m sorry you’ve never seen a government “law” you wouldn’t cheerlead for...