Jailed and fined and harassed because he collected rainwater on his property : Gary Harrington. Isn't he raising the local water table? It hardly seems like a crime to me, since he isn't diverting streams. What do you think?
... over the years, the Oregon resident has built three massive reservoirs — in actuality, they’re more like proper man-made ponds — on his 170-acre property on Crowfoot Road in rural Eagle Point that hold roughly 13 million gallons of rainwater and snow runoff. That’s enough agua to fill about 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Apparently Harrington, who has stocked at least one of the reservoirs with largemouth bass and built docks around it, believes that his watery stash is a much-needed necessity when wildfires pop up in the area. “The fish and the docks are icing on the cake," Harrington tells the Medford Mail Tribune. "It's totally committed to fire suppression."
... Oregon law dictates that water is a publicly owned resource...
Apparently, once upon a time, the state did indeed allow Harrington ... to collect water in his reservoirs. However, officials reversed their decision the same year, 2003, that the three permits were issued,...
I wonder what it would have taken to get the permits.
Water is a precious commodity that runs to the salty sea. Ponds along the way refresh the flora and fauna that surrounds it as well as the aquifer. As long as a pond owner doesn't restrict water from flowing, it is an asset to the land. If water fills ponds during heavy run-off, it becomes assets during dry spells. So ... I don't get it.