Oil and Water: Legends of Grassroots Action

In the 1970s, Aristotle Onassis of Olympic Oil tried to build the world’s largest oil refinery in NH’s Great Bay. Four women in Durham-Nancy Sandberg, Sharon Meeker, Dudley Dudley and the late Phyllis Bennett organized local communities to resist this and the people won! Come learn their inspiring story, our New Hampshire story, of taking local action to protect the environment. This event is a fundraiser for the Lamprey River Watershed Association and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. For more information, click here.

Help the Lamprey River by conserving water this summer

New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services is requesting that the 11 communities in along the 50-mile Lamprey River conserve water use to help the river return to normal flow levels. According to the department’s July 30, 2015 news release the request covers the communities of Durham, Lee, Epping, Raymond, Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, Barrington, Freemont, Newfields and Newmarket, all of which can affect stream flows in the 50-mile Lamprey River. The full release can be read at:

NH Water & Watershed Conference March 18-20, 2015

This year the annual NH Water & Watershed Conference is partnering with the New England Environmental Biologists Association under the theme “Partnerships for Environmental Progress” for a three-day conference in Bartlett, NH. It’s your opportunity to tune up your water knowledge by attending workshops and poster sessions and expand your networks. The conference, held in the past at Plymouth State University, often sells out so we recommend registering early if your plan to go. The conference will be held at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and a group rates is available for those who wish to stay overnight. For more information, click here.

A sad announcement: Gail Darrell, water advocate and community organizer, passed away Feb.27, 2015

Gail Darrell, a tireless water advocate and community organizer for the Center for Environmental Legal Defense Fund, passed away February 27, 2015 after a brief illness. Many of us knew Gail through her water work which began in her hometown of Barnstead and gradually extended outward through CELDF. Her gentle presence will be missed among us. At this time, we do not have information available about calling hours or services and will update as we know more. To read more about Gail, click here.

A sad announcement: Steve Conklin, a founder of SOG, passed away

We are very sad to announce the passing of Steve Conklin on January 15, 2015, while he was on vacation with his beloved wife Ellen in Mexico. Steve was part of the original group of neighbors that formed Save Our Groundwater and brought his formidable knowledge as a engineer to the task of protecting community water. We could always count on Steve to have verifiable facts and solid science to add to public hearings and administrative meetings. He was fearless in pursuing the truth. He went on to assist the Town of Barrington with water issues and served many years with Ellen on the Advisory Budget Committee. We will greatly miss Steve, and in equal measure are grateful for all his many contributions to SOG.

Calling hours will be held at the Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Road (Route 4), Lee, NH from 10a.m. to 1p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015. All are invited to join the family in a Celebration of Life from 2-5pm at the Galley Hatch in Hampton, NH. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Steve’s name to the Barrington Food Pantry, P.O. Box 660, Barrington, NH 03825.

You can read the obituary for Steve in the January 22, 2015 Foster’s Daily Democrat:

Kane Co. changes marketing for USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy property

The Kane Company in Portsmouth, NH began marketing the USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy property for sale in 2014 with court approval. Initially, it was promoted as having 189 acres, with “extensive research, engineering and planning”. It described footings and frame for a 176,000SF warehouse with three wells on site. It was priced at $1.95 million.

Then, something changed in late Summer 2014 with the advertising ploys. The latest one, available for download by clicking here, is advertises the property as the former site “to house the USA Springs mineral water extraction and bottling operations.” It goes on to list the state’s 2004 groundwater withdrawal permit and the gallons-per-day for each of the three wells without mentioning that the permit EXPIRED July 1, 2014.

Interestingly, the promotion also does not mention the state’s outstanding Administrative Order WD 02-31, September 30, 2002 (review it here) for USA Springs, Inc.’s major wetlands violations that were never fixed. The violations included about 13,000SF of wetlands dredged and filled without a permit and over 100,000SF of contiguous area disturbed without a site specific permit.

“Divide in Concord” screens at NH Film Festival Oct. 17 & 18

Learn about how Concord, MA citizens are making history again when they voted to ban the sale of single-serve bottled water in their community! Be inspired by what an 84-year old grandmother can organize with her friends! Watch the documentary “Divide in Concord” this Friday 10/17 and Saturday, 10/18 at the NH Film Festival in Portsmouth, NH. Screening place and times are in the Calendar section. Hope to see you there!

“Divide in Concord” screenings 9/20 Newburyport, MA

Learn about how Concord, MA banned bottled water sales in their community and is making history again. Be inspired by what an 84-year old grandmother can organize with her friends. Watch the documentary “Divide in Concord” this Saturday, 9/20 at 4pm as part of the Newburyport Film Festival in Massachusetts. Hope to see you there!

SOG’s Just Desserts Celebration

Save Our Groundwater invites our supporters to a Just Desserts Celebration in honor of our sweet success! As of July 1, 2014, the large groundwater withdrawal permit issued to USA Springs, Inc. expired! The event takes place Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 5:30-8pm at the Pepperidge Woods Community Center in Barrington. We hope to see you there!

Save Our Groundwater remarks on the July 1st expiration of USA Springs, Inc.’s Large Groundwater Withdrawal Permit

Save Our Groundwater, the Seacoast grassroots organization that proved people have the power to impact the law and make lasting changes, is still around to savor the day the USA Springs, Inc. large groundwater withdrawal permit expired July 1.

To download the full statement, click here.