Source:Earth we are one
Date: 8 December 2015
Did you know that the people of the United States, who are known for living in the land of the free, are actually quickly losing all of their freedoms as the government and large corporations ensure that the land becomes the home of the enslaved. Contained within this article is yet another earth given a right that the government is attempting to strip away from its citizens. Just to make a few dollars.
Did you know that in the states of Washington, Oregon, Utah, and Colorado, have already made it illegal for quite some time to collect rainwater on your property? The United States is now pushing to make it illegal according to many officials, the rain belongs to someone else. The earth gives water freely. I personally find it hard to fathom how the government deems it their right to make it illegal for individuals to collect rainwater that falls freely from the sky.
I know it sounds so bizarre that this should even be an issue for modern societies, but there are laws already in place in many western states that restricts property owners from “diverting” water that naturally falls on their land have been on the books for quite some time. Just recently as severe droughts have ravaged some western states, has the interest in water conservation become more common. A lot of businesses owners and individuals have renewed the butting of the head with law enforcement agencies over the simply practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.
Even though it has been scientifically proven that the collection or rainwater is the best method for the people and the environment, this issue continues to be visited time and again. UH Mānoa campus architect Sharon Williams, who has been working on the campus’s long-range water planning efforts, said that they were currently working on ideas for collecting water through catchment systems placed on rooftops and other hard surfaces around the campus to filter and use the water.
The plan also looks to utilizing unfiltered “greywater” for the irrigation on the grounds of the campus. She goes on to state that, “All of (these) will help to reduce our water bills, recharge the aquifer, limit the discharge of pollutants into the stream (and) ultimately the ocean, and reduce stream degradation.”
Rainwater Collection Being Outlawed In Other States
Despite it being illegal to collect rainwater in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Utah, some of these restrictions that vary among different areas have been looked at my legislators and have passed some laws that help ease the restrictions. Not by much though because there was a case in Oregon in 2012 about a man named Gary Harrington who lived in Oregon, who was convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff and had to serve a 30-day jail sentence in Medford.`
To a small crowd of people that had gathered just outside of the Jackson County jail, Harrington stated that,
“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty.”
In Colorado there have been two new laws that have recently been passed that allowed the exemption of certain small-scale rainwater collection systems, like the kind you might install on your home, from the current collection restrictions.
Prior to these two new laws, in Douglas County, Colorado, had conducted a study on just how much rainwater collection would affect groundwater and aquifer supplies. The study actually revealed that if the governments allowed people to privately collect rainwater on their own properties, that it would actually drastically reduce the demand on water facilities and greatly improve conservation.
I’m not sure that this study should have been necessary because it really doesn’t take a rocket scientists to figure out that collecting rainwater instead of using tap water is not only a smart idea but also an extremely useful way to conserve and protect one of our most valuable resource on earth. Especially in areas of the United States where drought is a major concern for the people.
The study additionally was able to reveal that only about 3% of Douglas County’s rainfall ended up in rivers and streams that were supposedly being robbed from a private collection of rainwater. The other 97% of rainfall either seeped into the ground and was used by flora or simply evaporated. Sadly though you don’t really see a study like this being brought to light on social media platforms or televised news anchors.
This study was able to hint at why the bureaucrats can’t really build a solid case about the collection of rainwater preventing the water from getting to where they say it is intended to go. So this that being said and along with the study, it make no sense why anyone should outlaw the collection of rainwater when the evidence of this study proves that it would have practically no effect on the water that ends up in rivers and streams.
It’s Really All About Control And Money
As long as the people of not just the United States but the world, choose to remain uninformed and unaware about the national resources of the earth, the government will be allowed to strip away the freedoms that are enjoyed by the citizens of the United States. The only reason that these water collections restrictions have started to change for the better is because more of us are starting to take notice so they have worked to somewhat reverse the law.
Even though laws that restrict the ability for people to collect water have been around for more than 100 years in some cases, they are being slowly reversed thanks to the great efforts by the citizens who have finally decided that enough is enough.
The collection of rainwater has been seen as the best solution to environmental changes such as drought. Kansas communities that are in the grip of multiple year droughts are learning how to save water. When they take showers they actually keep buckets at their feet and even save additional water by collection barrels under their gutters.
In today’s world we have pretty much been programmed to think that we need the permission from our governments to exercise our inalienable rights, when in fact our governments are supposed to drive their power from the people.
In the initial formation of the American Republic was originally designed for the government to serve and protect the people, including upholding liberty and freedom. Now though its increasingly obvious that the United States government is restricting more people from their rights to engage in commonsense, fundamental actions such as buying milk from the farmer next door or even collecting rainwater.
Today, the American people are living under a government that is slowly taking away their freedoms, only to occasionally granting a few limited freedoms back under the pretense that they are doing us a benevolent favor. Every day the people of not just the United States, but the world is waking up to the actions of the government and taking a stand to not allow them to get away with anything.