Enter Jon and Sabrina Carey, owners of their newly purchased 10-acre property in Butte, Oregon which contains a 2-acre pond that has existed on the property for 4 decades. The Careys are under order by the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office to destroy the pond.
Free Thought Project by Claire Bernish
…“I basically bought a lemon,” said Jon, who became teary-eyed at the edge of the partially ice-covered body of water being targeted by government…“That’s how they explained it to me.”
But the couple desperately wants to keep the stunning longstanding feature in tact, so, as the Mail Tribune reports, the Careys have “pleaded with the Medford Water Commission to adopt the pond and treat it as a municipal water source, something Jackson County Watermaster Larry Menteer has opposed because of the precedent it would set.
“The Water Commission has rights to the watershed around the Careys’ property, where dozens, if not hundreds, of ponds are located, as well as Medford’s primary source of water, Big Butte Springs”[…]