Oregon Court Says Rainwater Belongs To State, Sentences Man To 30 Days In Jail For Reservoirs On Property

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Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater on His Property
By Kendra Alleyne July 26, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – 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.
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