It sounds like he's damming run-off to fill his reservoirs.....
He has "pits" on his property. The rainwater falls into the pits where it stays until he chosses to drain them by opening the dams. The dams basically work as a control against flooding. They do not divert anything from the river. To the contrary, they allow water to flow into the river that would otherwise stay on his property.
These little deatails are the reason it's taken about ten years or so for the local Gov. to back him into a 1.5k corner. They've probably spent far more than that trying to mess with the guy for the last decade.
The idea that holes on his property are damaging to the river is laughable at best. Not to mention, the water does eventually flow into the river and does leech into the ground.
The city's case is total bull$%#@ and that's why the best they can get after all this time is a token fine and providing this guy with three hots and a cot for 30 days. I know a guy who did three times that stint for running out of the Plaid Pantry with a bottle of Ripple in his pants. What I'm saying is his "heinous crime" falls somewhere short of shoplifting. It's a bad joke, man.
Hmmm...can a homeowner build a "pond" if he want's too or does he have to get a permit?
Thanks for clearing that up Machete. Been wondering about the actual facts on this one. Sounds like some bullshit.
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This isn't about pollution, it's about money.
Here in South Florida, sale of water as a utility is a major source of revenue for municipalities. I know this because back in 2006, after a 1-2-3 punch from hurricanes Francis, Jeanne, and Wilma, the decision was made to drain Lake Okeechobee, which is a major part of our fresh water infrastructure.
Oh, (big) brother.
The draining preceded a drought, and severe water usage restrictions went into effect. I can't find the articles, but there were actually people driving around issuing citations for illegal water usage. Eventually, people got the idea and people like me just stopped watering their lawns altogether. This is about the time we started hearing about municipalities losing revenue because of the tight water restrictions. Well, geez, wouldn't you know it - they eased the restrictions, and then lifted them in the last year or two (not sure exactly when).
Now, the lake is overfull again, and we're in a hurricane season that is experiencing heavy rain. At least they are looking for a better way to drain the lake without losing all the water, this time.
Seems a bit heavy handed by the Medford, but, the situation may be that the guy is actually blocking runoff from reaching the main drainage(s).