Government owns it all

Oregon Man sentenced to 30 days in jail for collecting rainwater

(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…

…According to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned. Therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers…

…The case, he said, is centered on a 1925 law which states that the city of Medford holds exclusive rights to “all core sources of water” in the Big Butte Creek watershed and its tributaries…

So, the city of Medford owns the rain from the sky?  Think government isn’t getting a little out of hand.  While the law was enacted in 1925 it apparently didn’t say anything about rainwater. 

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3 thoughts on “Government owns it all

  1. The Law States , “all core sources of water” and Rain should be the core of ALL Water……Just Sayin…

    11th

  2. Rain is water. The wording doesn’t seem to suggest that rainwater was the idea. So again government owns it all. Is that an idea your comfortable with?

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