Here in the soggy East It is hard to comprehend the water laws out West but one of the ironic parts is that whereas the State of Oregon says they own all of the water, I suspect that the State doesn’t take responsibility for flood damage or other damage done by the water that they own.
There is no doubt but that some jurisdictions go way too far on the regulatory front. It amazes me that the locals allow it to happen with stuff as petty as whether lawns are mowed or veggie gardens are in the front yard, and so forth. Part of the issue is govt. bureaucracies that are free to create new regulations without voter input.