Man Starts 30 Day Jail Term for Collecting Rainwater on His Own Land

A couple of weeks ago we told you the story of Oregon landowner Gary Harrington, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail for collecting rain water on his property.

After fighting the state of Oregon for the last 11 years and refusing to empty his ponds, Harrington has voluntarily surrendered himself to the state. He will serve the next 30 days in jail for what amounts to collecting rainwater and runoff from his own property.

Outside the courthouse, Harrington talked to reporters. He told them:

“I love my country; I’m willing to go to jail since apparently that is what it takes to get the truth out and restore common sense and freedom in America. As American citizens it is our duty and right to hold responsible those we allow to govern us by our consent…..” ” Common sense is the basis for common law, without common sense, the law is insane and we did not agree to be governed by insanity or illegality. Our citizens throughout our history have laid their lives, liberty, and property defending these rights that we cherish. I am sacrificing my liberty so that we can wake up as a country and stand for our liberty.”

Here is Mr. Gary Harrington in his own words sharing his side of the story.

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  1. In a State that has one of if not the highest rainfall in the U.S. As if they are lacking any the state is pulling this rediculisness. I’m ashamed to be an Oregonian

    • Democrats & Republicans work for the same interest. They employ the psychological warfare tactic of a 3 way tug-a-war they give each other a few feet of rope but in the end they are both at the same time going to let go of the rope & we the people are going to be on the falling end. They do it to make it seem as if its a fair fight but its not. Republicans are radical Christians & corporate whores. While Democrats are radical Muslims & radical Communist. In the end tho it will all lead to radical Communism/Fascism which is every corporations dream, when the government & them are in bed together like they are. Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 aka NDAA one of the most radical laws in US history. Obama is doing a bunch of illegal shit like the “no fly zones” & his blatant disregard for national borders li

      ke when he bombed Pakistan with drones. Obama is George W. Bushes & Dick Cheney’s actual blood cousins. He admitted it on the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS & several other times along with the New England Historical Genealogical society. Watch the video on youtube. One last thing Bin Ladin isn’t dead George Bushes family & Bin Ladins family have been family friends for decades now because of there vested oil interest in each others oil company’s. Thats why they didn’t show the body Osama did 911 because it meant free oil that they could sell together & also to start Armageddon as the Bible declares by making the Christians & Muslims go to war with each other when they are really brothers. 911 was indeed an inside job as Bin Ladin was also CIA trained. George W. Bush admitted there were bombs in the buildings see the video on youtube. You are brainwashed by government propaganda sweety & the deceptive 2 party system. TV is mind-control plain & simple. Open your mind!!

      • It surprises me you took your tinfoil hat off long enough to get on the internet.

        Isn’t the government tracking your forum posts?

  2. This is ludacris. Did the Gas and Oil Industry help in creating this law? they are contaminating all the rest of the decent water left. we gotta get it somewhere assho*&^&es!

  3. Heather, what makes you think the oil companies need to be involved? What I see all across America is out of control government breeding arrogant “bow down to me” little tyrants…. thousands of tax fattened parasites who think that because they draw a government paycheck, that they get to do whatever the hell they want, and screw the people or the Constitution or simple common sense. This case is no damned different than that poor woman in Oklahoma who had her gardens totally destroyed, all at the whim of some fascist “I am the state” city official

  4. When we lived in Utah we found laws against collecting rain runoff. I researched it a bit and found that the laws were enacted in the 1800’s and had to do with water rights, etc. Too bad they haven’t been repealed so that homeowners can collect and store water for drought conditions.

  5. There is an upsurge in the government imposing itself upon individuals, and their rights. The government was created “by the people, for the people”, and the creation ought not to exceed the creator in its rights and powers. Any time somebody thinks that the government is okay to tread on toes like this, I ask them how they would feel if it was a single person that was doing these things. Most of the time, they start to sing a different song. And that is how we need to look at this. The government CANNOT dictate these things. The constitution says it clearly. They are not here to regulate our rain water collection, our garden growing, or our pig farms. Their purpose is to protect our rights as citizens.

    • Actually these laws exist so that certain people don’t treat on the toes of others…people who scream “rights” and “liberty” sometimes turn out be the same greedy individuals that take so that others can’t have their “right.”

  6. The three sentence article tells little. The right of a person to collect rain water sounds like a valiant cause to support, unless you live downstream from the guy collecting and all of the sudden the water you used to have is cut off by someone that may not have had the correct permit to do so. That is why we have laws…so that people don’t infringe on other people’s rights in the name of “liberty.” The Aurora shooter also may have thought it was his “right” to do what he did?

    • Wow… really?!?

      The individual has placed some small water gathering locations in his property to help prevent rainwater runoff erosion from destroying some of his land, and has been doing so for over 11 years. How the heck is that being someone upstream form someone that lives “downstream?” That water collected in a few ponds will still be absorbed into the ground and reach the water tables down below.
      And bringing up “The Aurora shooter” as a comparison of someone exercising perceived rights… you sir have a huge “rectal-cranial inversion” issue.

      • Mike- I read in another article on this guy that he created a 40 acre trout pond where there wasn’t one before. If that has any accuracy, then he did more than place some small water gathering locations. The evaporation rate from something that big could have a large effect on the downstream water recipients.

        • i am canadian but i do believe it RAINWATER hes collecting…if its his land he can do as he likes…u cant stop the rain from dropping on his land just like u cant stop yourself from breathing!!!the law has no right to say what he can and cant do on his land period!!!
          as for downstream…pretty soon you will all be begging for good drinkable water!!!you all bicker over rain water???? yoour govt is considering putting LITHIUM in your tap water!!! you will all become complacent and herded like cattle…your govt keeps u in the dark as they dont care about the PEOPLE but just the MONEY…if you want to fix the problems you have your PEOPLE should vote to irradicate the entire govt system and start again!!!
          your polititions make campain promisses to get in but come up with nothing resembling his promiss and YOU STILL PAY HIM!!!
          WHY? the best way for you all to vote is vote for a new govt from top to bottom from presedent to mayor and everything in between!
          i am not a conspiracy guy but i do believe the U.S. govt is in it for themselves!!!! the companies tell the govt what to do, the govt tells you what to do, and you all are so confused and angry all your left with is to keep paying the mechanic to fix your car and you never get it back as its payed and not fixed!!!
          YOU ARE NOW THE HOME OF THE SLAVE NOT BRAVE!!!

      • small water gathering locations? He built a 15 foot high Dam to block the rain runoff and snow melt that fed a public stream! He wasn’t just stopping the flow of water that fell on his property, he was impeding the flow of water that originated from off of his property and flowed through it, which is highly illegal and rightfully so. Whats more, he applied for permits twice to do this and was denied both times. He was ordered to take down the retention systems, which he did once but rebuilt, which is why he is going to jail and rightfully so.

        Capturing rainfall is good, and legal in the state of oregon (capturing rainfall on your roof and driveway is perfectly legal). Being a greedy pig and directly disobeying water rights laws and an order of the court gets you jail time.

        • If this is truly the case, he has been sentenced and will serve his time, and cannot be charged again for the same ‘crime’ as that would fall under the double-jeopardy rule.
          Hmmm… maybe a 30-day stent to retain what others have reported as a 40+ acre pond stocked with fish is not such a bad price after all.

          • Haha. You can’t be tried twice for the same instance of a crime. If you commit the same crime multiple times, you can absolutely be tried again. Double jeopardy doesn’t prohibit you for being tried for doing the same dumb thing over and over again. If he does it a third time, He will probably be looking at years in jail.

          • It is only a repeat offense if he was ordered to destroy the dam and then he rebuilt it. If the sentence did not include the destruction of the offending item, it will remain intact and is not a repeat offense.

          • Which is exactly what happened. From what I’ve read about the internets this is actually the third time he’s rebuilt the structure after being ordered to take it down.

  7. In oregon we happen to have an abundance of rainfall it rains rains rains in all four seasons. This makes oregon very green but what happens if we have a dryspell? This man was trying to protect his property from going up in smoke.
    He wasn’t diverting streams, he wasn’t cutting anyone off, he was collecting a resource that fell on his property and belonged to him. Apperantly the government doesn’t see it that way. Seems that the rain belongs to the government now.

    • Not all of Oregon is wet wst wet. Some of it is very dry part of the year. When I lived there, I bought a piece of property, with a pond on a “seasonal creek”. Year after year there was less water, and more houses, wells, and septic tanks. Some one above me put in a diversion dam for personal irrigation purposes. That and liberal state politics drove me out.

  8. What you people are forgetting is water flows. The excess moves down in the form of streams, creeks and rivers. If he had ponds, once they were full the water would flow the same after a rain as if the ponds were not there. The only difference would be in dry periods. His ponds would be a stored source from the excess of the rainy periods. Down stream wouldn’t have water during those times anyway as the water would have flowed with or with out the ponds. The difference would be that he, by thinking ahead, would have a water supply. In fact, the ponds would add to the general level of the water table by slowing the run off and allowing it to soak into the ground instead of flow by. Also, they probably created some great wildlife habitat.

  9. I read some of the response to the water issue and still do not see anyone truly at the center of the issue…. Tax tax tax …. Everything that is regulated is taxed …. It’s all about what the Goverment regulates.. Now that’s brings up another issue that goes hand in hand is Corporations, I’m talking big ones that have lobbyists, there is the prob.
    Now days its not we the people, it’s we the big Corp. we go to war for Corp.
    America is a land of Laws, now we are a land of Corp. regulations, we think the taxs go to help run our country or in someway help the people who truly cannot help themselves, not at all it goes to oil Company and the like… No political party is different today, they all have the same goal.. Profit for Big Corp.
    We the people has stopped since the 50 s,
    Time to take back what is ours, stop buying at Corp. buy local, Vote local, Change your town and county regulations, change your City Boards…

  10. Several writer have made a huge point. increasingly decisions are made by salaried bureaucrats and not elected officials. Unfortunately there is no “Recall Election” for public employees.

  11. OK so if I get me a drink of water out of the gutter on the side of my house I’m breaking the law………..Baaahhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • OK OK I’m back in the chair now…..what they gonna do lock me up for collecting water….that’s all they can do i got more rights then the cops the only right they got is to lock me up I got the right to remain silent the right to an attorney the right to a trial…..OH SHIT Obitcha has taken those rights to JUST DAM…..TIME to DO battle…..now is it not……

  12. YOU ALL HAVE ALOT TO SAY ON YOUR COMPUTERS !!!RANTING ABOUT HOW THIS MAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHAT HE WANTS WITH HIS OWN PROPERTY ….BUT WHAT ITS GONNA TAKE FOR REAL EYES OF AMERICA TO SEE WHAT GOVERMENT IS DOING IS TO BAND TOGETHER AND SHOULD BE ALL AT THE COURT HOUSE STANDING THERE FOR HIM!!!EVERYTIME SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS EVERYTIME EVERYTIME EVERYTIME ONLY WAY ANYONE IS GOING TO CARE BE THERE WHEN THE MARINE WAS ARRESTED BE THERE WHEN GUY WAS CALLED ABOUT AMMO !!! HAVE TO MAKE A FUSS LOUD HAVE TO LET THE REAL WORLD KNOW VERY VERY LOUD ONLY WAY !!!! I LOVE THE MOVIE V FOR VENDETTA CUZ I BELIEVE THAT IT REALLY IS GOING TO TAKE THOSE EXTREME MEASURES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO WAKE UP GET OUT OF THERE OWN LITTLE WORLDS AND OWN PROBLEMS TO SEE WE ALL HAVE A HUGE HUGE PROBLEM COMEING TO HEAD HERE SHORTLY THATS EFFECTING US ALL HERE TOGETHER AND IS GOING TO TAKE US ALL BANDING TOGETHER AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO SURVIVE AND TAKE BACK WHATS OUR!!!! IF WE DONT WE WILL LOSE. WE ALL HAVE ONE THING THAT WE CAN AGREE ON AND THAT IS WE LOVE OUR FREEDOM BUT WE ARE GETTING LAZY AND JUST EXSPECT THAT SOMEONE ELSE WILL NEVER LET ANYONE TAKE THAT AWAY THIS IS AMERICA !!! WELL DUMBASSES THE SOMEELSES ARE DEAD AND THE OTHER SOMEONE ELSES ARE OVER IN IRAQ FIGHTING THE WRONG WAR!!!!LOL STAND UP PEOPLE MAKE SOME NOISE!!! OH AND BY THE WAY IM MAKEING NOISE JUST NEED HELP WE SEND OUT CDS WE HAVE WEB PAGES BUT IF ONLY ALOT OF PEOPLE AT ONE TIME COULD START BANDING TOGETHER BEING THERE THATS WHAT ITS GONNA TAKE WEB IS GOOD BUT ITS STILL SILENT AT THE SAME TIME !!!!!

  13. AND SORRY BUT I SAW AT THE END OF PAGE !!! TELL US WHAT UR THINKING AND WELL THIS IS WHAT I WAS THINKING !!!!!! I WISH AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD JUST RUB THERE EYES AND SEEEEEE WHATS HAPPENING THE REALLLLL PICTURE WE ARE LOSEING OUR FREEDOM AND DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT LIKE SOMEONE SAID FIRE OUR GOVERMENT TAKE OUR HOME BACK OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS BACK !EVER HEARD OF IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD ? THINK ABOUT IT !!!! IT TAKES EVERY BODY TO MAKE THAT VILLAGE!!!

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