Is collecting rainwater that falls on your property a crime? It is in Oregon:
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.
If you doubted for even a moment that government claims too much and goes too far, doubt no longer. Next: paying a daily use tax for sunshine.
Hat tip to the Wisconsin Happy Farm for the link.