There's a reason Gary Harrington is in jail.
The Oregon resident has been fighting for years to preserve his right to collect rain water. A 1925 law prohibits residents from diverting water from streams. Harrington's ponds ran afoul of that law and now he is serving 30 days in jail. He was also slapped with $1,500 in fines.
The state claims it has a vested interest in protecting the water supply of all its residents. Warehousing rain water in reservoirs on private property before it has a chance to channel downstream apparently robs others of the precious resource. The state's solution is to impose effective water rationing.
Did the state overstep it bounds? Most think so.
There is, however, an ongoing problem: Use of ground water is outstripping its supply in parts of the nation. The more people, the more water is used.
One has to wonder why state and federal governments worry themselves with ponds like Harrington's while aggressively dismantling the nation's wall of separation between illegal immigration and states' vested interest in protecting our resources, water in particular.
Or, to offer a more blunt rendition: Why do state governments jail and fine minuscule offenders like Harrington while intentionally absorbing literally millions of humans via immigration.
Mayo Clinic says every adult requires 11 cups of water per day. That's 4,015 cups of water per year, or about 250 gallons.
I don't know how many gallons of water were held in Harrington's ponds, but my best guess would suppose it's a tad bit less than the 2.5 billion gallons of water consumed each year by 10 million illegal aliens.
So how serious is the problem?
Tom Gleeson, a hydrogeologist at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, says that 99 percent of the world's unfrozen free water supply is ground water (not rain water). In some parts of the county "demand exceeds these reservoirs' capacity for renewal."
Among these regions is the Central Valley in California, home of the most productive agricultural area in the state. It is also a hot spot for immigration. It was here that militant labor leader Cesar Chavez organized Hispanic grape pickers into a union in the 1960s, the National Farmworkers Association (NFWA).
As the map below indicates, the regions of our nation facing the most fresh ground water stress are coincidentally those most stressed by illegal immigration.
Controlling immigration is a primary component of managing our dwindling water supplies. The government, however, seems more intent on jailing a single landowner.
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