A rural Eagle Point man says he will continue his decade-long legal battle with Oregon water managers over what they call illegal reservoirs.
Gary Harrington says the water containers are merely ponds holding rain and snow runoff from his property, and that he stores the water mainly for fire protection.
The Mail Tribune says Harrington plans to appeal his recent conviction on nine misdemeanor charges for filling his reservoirs with rain and snow runoff that the state maintains is owned by the Medford Water Commission.
Harrington disagrees with the interpretation by the Oregon Water Resources Department of a 1925 state law granting the commission broad water rights to the Big Butte Creek Basin.
Officials hope Harrington's July 25 sentencing marks an end to what they consider a constant battle.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/