ALL Water In Oregon Belongs To The State

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The original article [below] from end of July reports on an Oregon man who is now evidently in jail for having collected rainwater from runoff on his own property into 3 small ponds which he was permitted to build (yes, in Oregon you can’t dig a hole and allow rainwater to fill it without getting permission from the state).

The following is a new 14 minute documentary on the subject from Mike Adams’ at



Original article:

“When something is wrong, you just, as an American citizen, you have to put your foot down and say, ‘This is wrong; you just can’t take away anymore of my rights and from here on in, I’m going to fight it.” Gary Harrington, of Eagle Point, Oregon said that he will never stop fighting the government on this issue.

“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.

Apparently according to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned and anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers. [Really?!]


At issue is the fact that Harrington is going to jail for 30 days for having 3 ponds on his property which he apparently fills from rainwater runoff and snow melt from a dam (designed to capture only the excess rainwater runoff) on Big Butte Creek, which happens to be on his property. The state is now apparently enforcing a 1925 law which states that you have to acquire a water right from the state of Oregon before doing that activity. Does this also mean roof runoff into rain barrels is also “illegal water” in the Bug Butte system? Apparently, yes.

So evidently, ALL water, including rainwater belongs to the state of Oregon. If you would like any of it, you must get approval from the state, and of course pay a fee for a permit to do so. Wow. Mind boggling. Is this America? So, technically, you could say that those who live in Oregon must pay the state government for the privilege to survive and to be allowed to drink water.

This is a perfect example of a bloated government gone wild. The bigger it gets, the more suppressive it is for the citizenry. They look for things to self justify their existence (e.g. enforcing an old 1925 law which itself apparently needs revision to incorporate some common sense).

When will it end? Not until the people start to speak up and do something about it. Remember this… “Silence is Consent”.

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