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Couple told 40-year-old pond near Butte Falls is illegal

Jon Carey gets emotional at the prospect of being forced to tear out a 2-acre pond that is the most prized feature on his 10-acre property near Butte Falls.

“I basically bought a lemon,” the 40-year-old said, choking back tears as he stood on the shore of the partially iced-over pond on Tuesday. “That’s how they explained it to me.”

Carey said the Jackson County Watermaster’s office has told him he doesn’t have any water rights to his pond that was built 40 years ago, long before he bought the property off Butte Falls Highway two and a half years ago.

For more than a decade, Harrington said his ponds were the result of simply capturing rainwater on his property. A 1925 state law dictates that the water belongs to the Medford Water Commission.

Source: Couple told 40-year-old pond near Butte Falls is illegal

I couldn’t help but wonder if his involvement in growing medical marijuana had anything to do with this.

I also continue to marvel that you can “own” a piece of land but are not entitled to legally collect the rainwater that falls on it.

See this for more info about rain water collections:

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