CNS | Oregon Man Jailed — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

( – 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 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.



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