It’s official! Town of Nottingham has acquired former USA Springs, Inc. property by tax deed

The end of the USA Springs, Inc. debacle is in sight! On April 6, 2017, the Town of Nottingham acquired the bankrupt company’s three properties for about $1 million in back taxes and penalties. For an excellent news story about this turn of events, click here. Nottingham held a meeting April 10 to update residents and discuss future plans. Nottingham is seeking proposals for demolishing the steel girders and foundation on the property by May 4th; click here for more info. Congratulations to all who wrote a letter, made a phone call, went to meetings, peacefully demonstrated our First Amendment Rights, gave a talk and so much more over the last 16 years! YOU are the reason this has come to pass.

SOG contacted Chris Sterndale, Nottingham town administrator, about what this means. He noted that “taking property by tax deed is a statutory event” governed by laws that the town must follow. The town may not dispose of the property for up to three years, however during this period taxes and interest penalties continue to accrue. The property has had a history of contamination that must be carefully reviewed to protect the town from liability. And, most importantly, there’s a need to protect the water.

The Nottingham Select Board has a very helpful webpage about the property; click here for updates and documents.

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 held Feb. 23 (see Calendar). Dover, through its water department, has applied for 288,000 gal/day withdrawal. You can look up current active large groundwater permit applications on the NHDES website here.

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:

New bankruptcy court documents added to SOG website

We’ve added new documents from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court regarding the former USA Springs, Inc. sale. Go to Get Informed>USA Springs, Inc. or click here to go to our USA Springs info page.

Bankruptcy Court OKs sale of former USA Springs, Inc. property

An excellent article about the 11/15/16 bankruptcy court proceedings about the former USA Springs, Inc. property by reporter Bob Sanders was published in the New Hampshire Business Review. Look for the article below in “In the Media” or click here for the story.

Former owner of USA Springs, Inc. files $2 million purchase counteroffer

In a surprise move, former USA Springs, Inc. owner Francesco Rotondo filed a $2 million counteroffer to buy back the bankrupt company on Friday, November 4, 2016 the last day to file objections with the bankruptcy court. The tangled web of Mr. Rotondo’s finances are better explained in the recent NH Business Review article available here.

Proposed Sale of USA Springs, Inc. property/assets to Nottingham Springs, LLC

The Chapter 7 Trustee in the USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy case filed a September 30, 2016 motion with the court to sell the property at a private sale to Kevin Delaney of Cambridge, MA, a/k/a Nottingham Springs, LLC for $1,200,000.00. To read the Trustee’s motion and other documents related to the potential sale, click here.

There are two important dates in November concerning this: the deadline for objections to the sale is November 4, 2016; and the public hearing on the sale is scheduled for November 15, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Hearings are open to the public and take place at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manchester, NH (for directions and phone numbers, click here). Hearing dates are sometimes changed at the last minute due to attorney motions; if you’re planning on attending it’s best to call the court to confirm.

George Musler, friend of SOG, calling hours and memorial service

George Musler served his community and state well over many decades as selectman, representative at the General Court and with the state Emergency Services. He passed away at his Barrington home Sunnyside, surrounded by beloved family on June 7th, 2016, age 87.

SOG honored him with an award June 9, 2005 for all he had done to protect community groundwater from the reach of USA Springs, Inc.

Calling hours are at the Purdy Funeral Home on Route 4 in Lee from 4-6pm Wednesday, June 15, 2016, with a memorial service to be held at 6pm the same day. For more information:

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: