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Article posted Aug 10 2012, 4:08 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: CNS News Print

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

By Kendra Alleyne

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.

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Posted: Sep 27 2012, 1:14 PM

12524 This is CRAZY!
Only in the USA.

Posted: Jan 30 2013, 2:35 PM

7088 and if you lived down stream or hill from him and his collection of rain water and runoff impeded your ability to live you wouldnt have a problem with this law.. Its the reason it is on on the books to protect the water table.

Posted: Feb 02 2013, 4:46 PM


Posted: Feb 07 2013, 10:58 AM

1744 @7088; This is actually definitely not the case, especially for the amounts given (3 water barrels). Maybe if he'd been collecting a majority of his property's rainwater for a number of years, and not using it? I don't actually know how long it would take. Long enough that we'd be hearing about it in his grandchildren's times, not ours.

And this is not to be confused with a "Tyrannical Act of Government", either, though it's their hands that get dirty enforcing unconstitutional laws.

This is most likely work of lobbyists and corporate sympathizers from as early as the 1800's (water disputes and rights are a heavy, burdensome beast), setting up companies and buying lawmakers in ways that stop people from being self sufficient - and therefore stop people from 'stealing' their profits.

After all, why should hydro companies step their services up when they can just make it illegal for you to collect water any other way?

Just look at Russia's history, if you want a great example on "how to remove personal power from the equation."

Posted: Mar 30 2013, 8:29 PM

6846 @christrawr It's not 3 water barrels other articles listed "on his 170-acre property on Crowfoot Road in rural Eagle Point that hold roughly 13 million gallons of rainwater and snow runoff." That would be significant enough to affect water tables and other residents

Posted: Sep 23 2013, 7:03 PM

21744 one would assume that weather falling on his property would fall equally on neighboring properties making the runoff argument hogwash.

Posted: Nov 29 2013, 12:58 AM


Posted: Jan 03 2015, 6:27 AM

142136 Do some damn research . He built 4 small dams on his property that trapped water that has run down and filled the cities reservoir every spring for decades . The geography channels thousands of acres of rainfall and snowmelt into a few canyons which he lined with plastic and captured. AND HERES THE KICKER, he wanted to sel it to the city and make himself a water company. Sorry fuckos but hes a greedy shit and the entire town is paying higher fees until the reservoir returns to normal levels. He wanted to hold the city hostage, fuck him . His dams are bulldozed and hes being assed more fines for the removal of the plastic liners.

Posted: Jan 03 2015, 6:32 AM

142136 acting like this guy is a victim when he is a multimillionaire and the exact opposite of an off the grid survivalist. HE DIDNT EVEN use the water he collected his 13 room estate is connected to the city supply.
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