Thursday, April 21, 2016

Governmental Overreach - The Long Arm of the Law

Let me begin by saying that I believe we need laws and a fair justice system. I also believe that sometimes the government agencies that make the laws might possibly be in the pockets of big commercial businesses. Local, state and federal government agencies are all susceptible to the temptations of greed. The long arm of these government agencies sometimes overreach.
For instance...
In the state of Colorado it is illegal to collect rainwater that falls from the roof of a residence into a rain barrel. (also known as Rooftop Precipitation Capture System). The following information is taken directly from the Colorado Division of Water Resources dated June 2015
"Colorado water law declares that the State of Colorado claims the right to all moisture in the atmosphere that falls within its borders and that such moisture is declared to be the property of the people of this state, dedicated to their use pursuant to the Colorado constitution."
There are circumstances where a permit can be granted to install a rooftop precipitation capture system (rain barrel) but certain criteria must be met and the permits are costly. To summarize the necessary requirements to obtain a water collection permit, it must be a private residence, the water collected is for personal use only and there is no water supply available in the area from a municipality or water district.
Utah and Washington also have similar ordinances for collecting rainwater.

Here's another one:

In Sugar Creek, Missouri an ordinance prohibits vegetable gardens in front of a residence. The zoning board ordinance reads:
"No food shall be grown in the front yard and/or within 30 feet of any city street in Sugar Creek. Violators will be fined."
So much for sustainability in Missouri.
Cities in Florida, Mississippi and Oklahoma also prohibit front yard gardening. In Orlando, FL the fines are as high as $500 per day.


Then there's the case of solar panels

Several states prohibit homeowners from installing solar panels to generate energy.  Although the rules vary by state, there is one common denominator:
The opposition from utility companies having grown nervous from the rapid advancement of solar power firms and the effect on their business.
Florida, South Carolina and Virginia are a few states that ban residential solar panels.
In Woodland, North Carolina solar panels banned because they will 'suck up all the sun' as Woodland resident Billy Mann pointed out to local bureaucrats.
A little research and I turned up the truth in Woodland, NC on the issue of banning solar panels. The ban is not meant for residential use, it's meant for solar panel farms which Woodland has too many already. City council banned the addition of another solar panel farm, they did not ban homeowners from installing solar panels.

Water, sun, food, all banned in some way by the government.  To the government I say instead of banning vegetable gardens, ban processed food!

What's your opinion?  Please scroll down to leave a comment below. (your comment won't show up right away).


6 comments:

  1. I think you are absolutely right. In California we need to conserve every drop of water. WE can't water our lawns the way we used to or plant anything that requires much water. Meanwhile, the state government ships enough water to support a city out to the ocean because the government things it's more important to support a small fish that's not even native to the area than to support the farmers in the Central Valley who need water to grow the food supply. The water they need gets shipped to the ocean to supposedly save the delta fish.

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  2. I knew some places forbid the rain barrel collecting, but I didn't realize it was over water rights. Wow! And yeah, I've known about the asinine laws that forbid growing vegetables in the front yard. That's the kind of thing that makes me crazy!

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    1. People can't even grow vegetables, it's appalling.

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  3. Sometimes the governments need someone to step on their toes especially when they enact laws that are so contrary. Petitions and public outcry should be the next steps and then more after that. Crazy laws can be overturned if enough people get behind the changes needed....at least here in Canada,

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    1. I agree that these laws should be overturned. It's the public against the government and big business. Tough battle!

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  4. Candy, our rights to solar electricity in Nevada have ceased because Nevada Energy, with the help of Harry Reid our Senior Senator, stopped it. It seems that Nevada Energy was not getting all the money they felt they should because of the folks who were using solar power. So not only did the new solar industry close and put people out of work, but anyone using solar energy must now pay Nevada Power for it. Talk about twisted, crooked deals, this is one of them.

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