[permaculture] Fwd: Oregon criminalizes permaculture - rainwater collection illegal - violators sent to jail

Bob Waldrop bob at bobwaldrop.net
Mon Jul 30 20:13:32 EDT 2012

Thanks for the clarification!  Infiltration earthworks are what I use 
myself although one of  my friends is presently working on a ferrocement 
cistern project creating two beautiful urn-like tanks to hold rain from 
his roof. I'm watching and learning and may follow his example.


On 7/30/2012 6:07 PM, Jason Gerhardt wrote:
> Bob, I love what you wrote in the second paragraph below! Thanks for that!
> I need to clarify a common misunderstanding in the first paragraph
> though (only because I'm an excessively water harvesting Colorado
> permaculturist;) Rainwater harvesting is NOT illegal in the entire
> state of Colorado. Harvesting rainwater through infiltration style
> earthworks is within the bounds of the law (this comprises the
> majority of water harvesting methods I should note). Stopping the flow
> of water through a cistern is illegal. However, there are even
> exceptions to this. Those with wells and no access to municipal water
> are able to apply for a permit to capture roof runoff in a cistern in
> Colorado.
> Don't get me wrong Colorado's water laws are screwed up, but not as
> bad as rumor has it. Earthworks to each and all!
> Cheers,

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