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Criminalization of Rainwater

September 6, 2012

Health Ranger releases new video on the criminalization of rainwater collection by misguided government

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) The Oregon government’s criminalization of rainwater collection is exposed in a new mini-documentary by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. The 14-minute video (see links below) reveals the “collectivism” agenda behind the absurd idea that the government owns the rainwater that falls on your own property.

The video was inspired by the plight of Jackson County, Oregon resident Gary Harrington, who is serving a jail sentence right now for the alleged “crime” of “water theft.” Oregon officials revoked his water right permits, fined him $1500 and threw him in jail for 30 days after accusing him of “stealing public water.” (

But in reality, Harrington was only engaged in permaculture practices that retain rainwater instead of allowing it to run off your property. The practice of building retaining ponds for capturing rainwater is a fundamental permaculture practice that has been used for centuries to improve sustainability and restore lands that have been stressed by clear-cutting, erosion or climate change. Rainwater collection reduces erosion, attracts wildlife and can help restore dry, arid regions to lush forests.

Watch the Health Ranger’s new video at

Or on YouTube:


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