Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

By Kendra Alleyne

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.

Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff.

“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.

The court has given Harrington two weeks to report to the Jackson County Jail to begin serving his sentence.

Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

Do you think people should be able to collect the rainwater that falls on their property?  Or should the government be able to control things like the rainwater and the sunlight that falls on property you own?


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  • Paul DaRocha Jr.

    Police-Stop being thoughtless tools of fascist government! Fascist Government-Stop meddling in our lives or we are going to arrest, charge, prosecute, convict, sentence you for your crimes against the Constitution, Liberty, and Humanity.

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  • tionico

    ya know, for a quiet rural sparsely populated area, Jackson County seems to excel at playing Stupid Big Government like a bunch of pros. This man should run for COunty Supervisor, make a big stink about government idiocy, try and get a couple other liberty minded folks to run for the other positions, and remake the county. What difference does it make whether that rainwater runs off during the winter or gets caught and slowly used for good purposes throughout the summer? Stupid gummint meddlers….