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Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.
As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.
Texas Water Development Board sponsors the Texas Rain Catcher Award, to promote the technology, educate the public, and to recognize excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting systems in Texas.
Additionally, there is a state sales tax exemption on the purchasing of rainwater harvesting equipment.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
Um who passed these laws and why exactly? This just sounds fishy and weird to me. I'm thinking this "news" source is reading an awful lot into this.
However, Colorado is taking baby steps towards legalizing rainwater collection. Senate Bill 80 was signed by the Governor on 4/22/09 and becomes law on July 1, 2009.
Clean Water Act “Amendment”: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing!It seems that last week, our government was at it again. This time, by “it”, I mean the so-called “Amendment” made to the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA); S. 787, passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
In short, this is what this amendment says: IF this amendment gets to the Senate and passes a vote there, (S. 787) would grant the federal government authority over ALL water – both navigable waters of the United States (Oceans and Waterways), which the feds already preside over, but also NON-navigable water as well. This amendment slickly omits the word “navigable” from the original bill, which leaves – you guessed it – the federal government with jurisdiction over ALL water, no matter whose land it happens to be on!
Originally posted by Nicenico
We need to avoid over reaction to these old laws. Change them, sure, but the events that caused them were not all that sinister when they were developed, sometimes they were even good laws.
You want to collect a bit of water for personal use? Well, that should be fixed in the law so you can!
But no fair damming a river to drive out all the competition!