Save Our Groundwater (SOG) is a New Hampshire Seacoast-based citizens action organization dedicated to protecting water in the public trust. We formed in 2001 in response to a bottled water company’s application to take more than 400,000 gallons/day from the aquifer underlying our rural communities; not one drop was ever bottled and the company’s state permit for mining the water expired July 1, 2014.

Join us in celebrating fifteen years of protecting our water–sign up for our email updates by writing to SOG at (include first and last name) and liking our FaceBook page. Help the movement grow!


Dover and Portsmouth, NH apply for large groundwater withdrawal permits; public hearing 2/23/17


The cities of Dover and Portsmouth, NH have both applied for large groundwater withdrawal permits with the NH Department of Environmental Services. We are trying to learn more about these applications from NHDES. Portsmouth’s withdrawal would be in the Town of Madbury for 720,000 gallons/day; the town has requested a public hearing which will be […] read more »

10th Anniversary NH Water and Watershed Conference, March 24, 2017 at Plymouth State University


Registration is now open for this well-organized, information packed conference. For more information, go to: read more »

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In the Media

Earth Matters: Suez Water- War and Peace?: Nyack (NY) News and Views
NH lawmakers look to make groundwater safer:
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Ex-USA Springs owner seeks to buy back property: New Hampshire Business Review
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US Bankruptcy Court Hearing on Town of Nottingham Motion

The hearing will be held in Bankruptcy Court hearing room 2, 11th floor, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, NH at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. Court hearings are open to the public (there is a public parking garage just behind the court building).  We encourage you to attend and make community presence felt. […] read more »


Public Hearing on Portsmouth, NH’s large groundwater withdrawal application

The City of Portsmouth, NH has filed a large groundwater permit application for 720,000 gal with the NHDES. The Town of Madbury has requested a public hearing about this withdrawal. The Oyster River Watershed Association is concerned about potential impact to Johnson Creek, a tributary of the Oyster River. Portsmouth uses the Bellamy Reservoir in […] read more »


NH Water & Watershed Conference: Past and Future Challenges for Water Resource Management in NH

Join New Hampshire folks interested in and concerned about the future of our state’s water for an information-packed day of talks and workshops at Plymouth State University. This year is the 10th anniversary of this conference! Registration is now open and this conference usually sells out, so register early. For more information about the conference, […] read more »


ROSC conference: Big Money for $mall Groups

Resources for Organizing and Social Change is bringing a great opportunity for grassroots groups that need money to do their work. Andy Robinson helped SOG in our early years and he can help your organization increase its effectiveness with strategic fundraising. For more information: read more »

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