Save Our Groundwater annual meeting
SOG will hold its annual meeting August 28th from 7-9pm at the Pepperidge Woods Community Center, 73 Pheasant Lane, Barrington, NH (take Route 4 to Hall Road; Pheasant Lane is on the right just past the UNH Recreation Area). All SOG members should have received a postcard notice with agenda items; if you have not, please email us at saveourgroundwater [at] gmail [dot] com. We hope to see you there!
Neighborhood Guardians and Nottingham Water Alliance to host water celebration
Our friends at the Neighborhood Guardians and Nottingham Water Alliance will host a celebration of the end of the USA Springs, Inc. large groundwater withdrawal permit Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 2-5 pm. All friends of water are invited. Bring a chair or blanket plus a potluck dish of your choice. For more information, contact Gail and Chris Mills at millscg [at] gmail [dot] com.
Oyster River Watershed Association meeting
The ORWA’s monthly meeting takes place the last Thursday of each month at 7pm in the Madbury Public Library, located at 9 Town Hall Road. The July meeting is Thursday, the 24th.
SOG’s Just Desserts Celebration!
Come celebrate our sweet success! After thirteen long years, we have saved (for now) our groundwater! See details in the Announcements.
USA Springs, Inc. water withdrawal permit expires
The NH Department of Environmental Services large groundwater withdrawal permit #LGWP-2004-0003 for the water bottling company expired on this day which we might like to think of as “Water Independence Day.” LGWPs are now only issued for 5 years thanks to all of you who protested the original ten-year period and to our state legislators who understood the wisdom in limiting periods for commercial withdrawal of community water supplies. You can check the DES website here to make sure it is removed as active. Scroll down to “Bottled/Bulk Groundwater Permits.
USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing on Faiello Motion to Dismiss
The US Bankruptcy Court, located at 1000 Elm Street in Manchester, NH, filed a Notice of Hearing May 20, 2014 (document 1050) for the USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy case (case #08-11816). The hearing on the Motion to Dismiss filed by creditor Ralph Faiello (document 1049) is scheduled for June 24, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2.
The hearing is open to the public. We encourage you to call the court before attending to confirm the hearing, as motions may be filed that could affect whether or not the hearing is held; the number is 603-222-2600 and ask for the clerk of the court.
USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing
The US Bankruptcy Court, located at 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, NH, 11th Floor will hold a hearing on the motion to dismiss the bankruptcy case of USA Springs, Inc. filed by “interested party Francesco Rotondo.”
On March 19, 2014, the Chapter 7 trustee for the case, Timothy P. Smith, filed an objection to Rotondo’s motion, noting that Local Bankruptcy Rule 9011-2 provides that “corporations…may not appear pro se” and that “To the best of the Trustee’s knowledge Mr. Rotondo is not an attorney nor is he authorized to file pleading on the Debtor’s behalf.” He also argues that the conversation to Chapter 7 bankruptcy was “based on the best interests of the creditors” and this “conversion was neither appealed nor amended.”
The hearing is open to the public and is scheduled to take place in Courtroom 2. We encourage you to call the court before attending as motions may be filed close to the time of the hearing; the number is 603-222-2600 and ask for the clerk of the court.
World Water Day – March 22, 2014
Join people all over the world to celebrate World Water Day 2014! This year the theme is Water and Energy. Started by the United Nations to highlight the need for clean water and sanitation, the day has become a way for local communities to hold educational events, watershed clean-ups and more.
For more information about World Water Day, click here.
NH Water & Watersheds Conference
Join more than 200 people from around New Hampshire to explore water issues in workshops and plenary sessions. This annual event sells out early, so register soon. For more information, click here or go to:
Town of Barrington,NH voting day
To access documents relating to town meeting, including the petitioned warrant article “Community Bill of Rights” click here.
Groundwater Awareness Week March 9-15, 2014
National Groundwater Awareness Week takes place March 9-15 this year throughout the USA. The event is sponsored by the National Groundwater Association and aims to increase the awareness and knowledge about one of nature’s well hidden secrets–the water that dwells out of sight in aquifers of many types that supplies much of our drinking water.
Here in New Hampshire, if you have a private well supplying your water you are encouraged to have it tested for bacteria and various other naturally-occurring contaminants. Know your H2O. Learn about your watershed and the sources of your drinking water wherever you are. We hope you’ll try to stick to drinking water from the local watershed instead of a plastic bottle.
For more information about Groundwater Awareness Week, click here.
For more information about New Hampshire water testing, click here.
NH House Bill 1467 hearing relative to large groundwater withdrawal permits
This bill is in the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee. You can check the bill’s status, upcoming hearings, etc. by reading its docket. A link to the bill’s text is also located in the docket. HB 1467 is due out of committee March 6, 2014.
Oyster River Watershed Association meets Dec. 12
The Oyster River Watershed Association meets Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Madbury Church, 20 Town Hall Drive, Madbury, NH. The Oyster River, which begins in Barrington and continues to Durham, is one of the three watersheds potentially impacted by the water bottlers. If you’d like to be on the ORWA email list, write to: orwaemail [at] lefh [dot] net.
12/10 Deadline for workshop abstracts – NH Water & Watersheds conference
Dec. 10 is the deadline to submit workshop proposals for the 2014 NH Water & Watersheds Conference at Plymouth State University, NH. The conference takes place March 21, 2014. The theme is “Sustainability of NH’s Water Resources.” Talks should be 20-30″ long. For more information, click here.
Maude Barlow at Plymouth State University, NH
Maude Barlow, international water activist, will kick-off Plymouth State’s Water Week with a free public talk. Maude is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and author of 16 books, including Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. If you haven’t heard Maude speak before, this is your opportunity to learn about the state of the world’s water and what you can do to take action to protect it. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/112374202286496/
NH Rivers Council Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Join our friends at the NH Rivers Council as they celebrate 20 years of protecting water with their fourth annual “friend-raiser” the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The festival takes place at the Red River Theatres, 11 South Main Street, Concord, NH. Tickets are $9 members and $12 new members (includes a one year membership).
Free Screening of “Tapped” documentary about bottled water
A free screening of the award-winning documentary “Tapped” will be hosted by the Canterbury, NH Transition Town committee March 26, 2013, 7 p.m., at the Canterbury Parish Hall (behind the Canterbury Country Store). Arnie Alpert from the NH American Friends Service Committee will lead a discussion after the film. The film by Stephanie Soechtig asks is access to drinking water a right or is it a commodity that can be mined from one community and sold to others? The film features many people from Maine who have stood up to protect water from the Swiss mulitnational Nestle Waters North America’s Poland Spring water bottling operations.
2013 NH Water and Watershed Conference
Registration is now open for this statewide conference at Plymouth State about NH’s water. Meet fellow activists, watershed groups, rivers organizations and more. Learn from workshops and keynote speakers. Register early because the event usually fills to capacity quickly! For more information, click here
Re-scheduled SB 167 NH Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Public Hearing
The re-scheduled public hearing will be held for Senate Bill 167 on this date. The bill, sponsored by Senator John Reagan, would amend the Groundwater Protection Act, RSA 485-C by deleting large groundwater withdrawals as an exception to the authority of municipalities to enact local ordinances and regulations affecting groundwater. We suggested you check the Senate’s webpage or call committee staff person Chris Cote to confirm the hearing date/time, 603-271-3067.
If you cannot be at the hearing in person, and want to register your opinion about this amendment, you can write or call members of the committee this week, preferably before the hearing. You can also send written testimony to the committee. If you are coming to the hearing, be sure to sign in at the door and register your position on the amendment. Be prepared to wait if necessary as sometimes committee hearings run late (this is why it is a good idea to bring your statement in writing along with 6 copies for members of the committee; you can leave it with the staff person or clerk of the committee).
NH Senate’s Energy & Natural Resources Committee SB 167 public hearing
POSTPONED: The NH Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 167, relative to groundwater. This measure, sponsored by Senator John Reagan, would amend the existing Groundwater Protection Act, RSA 485C. The proposed amendment deletes large groundwater withdrawals as an exception to the authority of municipalities to enact local ordinances and regulations affecting groundwater. For information about the rescheduled hearing date, please call committee staff person Chris Cote at 603-271-3067 or check the committee’s calendar at the NH Senate webpage.
Bankruptcy court creditors meeting for USA Springs, Inc. owner personal bankruptcy
USA Springs, Inc. owner Francesco Rotondo filed for personal bankruptcy in February 2013. The creditors meeting is legally required and is open to the public. Metered parking is available on adjacent streets and a public parking garage is located directly behind the court building ( you will need a credit card to pay).
Conservation NH for Green Eggs and New Hampshire Breakfast
Join Conservation NH and a diverse group of Granite Staters for the sixth annual Green Eggs and New Hampshire Environmental Policy Breakfast at the Grappone Center in Concord. This is the conservation political event to be at for the latest scoop on upcoming legislative issues, big picture environmental topics, discussions about how do we seek common ground and more. This year’s topic is “Forging an Innovative Course: NH’s Green Advantage.” The free breakfast is open to the public but you must register. Here’s the link to do this: http://conservationnh.org/water/2013-green-eggs-and-new-ham-shire-breakfast-register-here-2/
NH Water Sustainability Commission presents final report
The New Hampshire Water Sustainability Commission will present its final report to Gov. John Lynch at a new conference in Concord, NH. The public and members of the media are invited. For more information visit: http://www.nh.gov/water-sustainability/
USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing – CANCELLED
A bankruptcy court hearing on the Final Fee Application of Attorney Tony Soltani was scheduled for this date. Attorney Soltani withdrew as counsel to USA Springs, Inc. at the beginning of November 2012. By order of the court filed 11/29/12 (document #967) this hearing is cancelled and will be rescheduled to coincide with the hearing on the trustee’s Final Account or at some other appropriate time. As of 12/3/12 there does not appear to be any hearing dates scheduled in this case.
USA Springs, Inc. 341A Creditors Meeting
A meeting of USA Springs, Inc.’s creditors is continued on this date. The meeting takes place at Room 702, 7th Floor, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, NH (same building as the bankruptcy court). Attend the meeting to stay informed about the bid for the company’s assets and to learn what the creditors’ positions are about the proposed deal. We encourage you to call the court to confirm the day of the meeting just in case it is postponed. The case number is 08-11816 USA Springs, Inc. and the bankruptcy court’s number is 603-222-2600. The trustee for the USA Springs, Inc. case is Timothy P. Smith, 603-623-0036.
Bankruptcy auction of USA Springs, Inc. assets
CANCELLED: Assets of the Delaware corporation USA Springs, Inc. are schedule to be auctioned on this date. More information as to time and place will be provided as it becomes available.
SOG Hosts An Evening with Maude Barlow
SOG is delighted to welcome back Maude Barlow, our friend and ally in water justice for a public talk about global water issues and solutions. Maude is the author of numerous books, including Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Battle for the Right to Water (2007) and the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizens’ action organization. The free event takes place from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Community Church of Durham, 17 Main Street, Durham, NH. Light supper refreshments will be served 6:30-7 p.m. with Ms. Barlow’s talk beginning at 7 p.m. There is free parking at the site, but we encourage you to car-pool if possible.
USA Springs, Inc. auction deadline for bidders
USA Springs, Inc. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Creditors Meeting
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court holds meeting of creditors of USA Springs, Inc. The meeting takes place at 1000 Elm Street, 7th Floor, Room 702, Manchester, NH. Bankruptcy court proceedings are open to the public.
USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing
The hearing will be held at Courtroom 2, 11th Floor, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. Bankruptcy court hearings are open to the public. See details in Announcements section.
NH Water Sustainability Commission deadline for written public comments
Please visit the NH Water Sustainability Commission’s website for the written public comment form: http://www.nh.gov/water-sustainability/
POSTPONED:Auction of USA Springs, Inc. assets
Bankruptcy court Judge J. Michael Deasy has ordered the sale by auction of USA Springs, Inc.’s assets. The auction will be held at the offices of the company’s attorneys, Riemer & Braunstein LLP, Three Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108.
POSTPONED: Bid deadline for USA Springs, Inc. auction
“Qualified offers” will be sent confidentially to USA Springs, Inc. attorneys and/or financial advisors per “Bid Solicitation and Sale Procedures” of the bankruptcy court order.
Water Sustainability Commission hosts public session
Register to join the conversation about “Water Sustainability in NH for Those Whose Work Depends on Water.” The Commission is collecting information for its report due in September 2012. This focused conversation is for water professionals, business and industry, statewide nonprofits and others whose work is defined by or depends on water. For more information and to register, visit the Commission’s website: http://www.nh.gov/water-sustainability/
Save Our Groundwater Annual Meeting
Save Our Groundwater’s annual meeting takes place in the Community Room of the Blaisdell Memorial Library, 129 Stage Road (Route 152) in Nottingham, NH. Updates about the USA Springs, Inc. case, organizational business, and more. Light refreshments will be provided. Come meet your “watershed neighbors” and bring a friend.
Nottingham Public Forum About USA Springs, Inc.
All are invited to attend this Public Forum on the USA Springs, Inc. project.
The event is sponsored by the Nottingham Water Alliance and the Neighborhood Guardians. The Nottingham Selectmen have confirmed their attendance according to the program organizers.
WHERE: Nottingham Town Offices – Meeting Room, 139 Stage Road (Route 152) in Nottingham.
WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 9-noon
The sponsors write “It has been more than 10 years since the ZBA first approved a special exception for this project. Although USA Springs has been in bankruptcy foreclose to four years they still are seeking investors to complete the project. If not, the property maybe auctioned-off.”
For more information, contact: Gail and Chris Mills, millscg [at] gmail [dot] com or Jim Hadley, jhadley [at] metrocast [dot] net
Bidding process opens for USA Springs, Inc. auction
Per US Bankruptcy Court Judge Deasy’s May 21, 2012 order, the search for ‘qualified bids’ opens for the Delaware corporation USA Springs, Inc. scheduled auction on July 20.
100 Year Floods & Lamprey River
Dr. Cameron Wake, UNH, will be presenting updated maps of the flood zone for the Lamprey River. His mapping takes into consideration the changes in climate and severe weather and the changes in land use.
This will be followed by Dr. Tom Kelly, UNH Sustainability Office and Dr. Robert Roseen from the UNH Stormwater Center presenting ways to mitigate stormwater runoff which contributes to flash flooding. The program begins at 8:30 with coffee offered at 8:00. The program ends at noon followed by a light lunch. A $5 donation at the door is requested. The location is the function hall of the Raymond Baptist Church at 145 Rt 27 in Raymond.
Water Sustainability Commission Hosts May 8 Water Dialogue
What needs to be done to have enough clean water for future generations? Join the statewide public conversation about water sustainability in New Hampshire and let your voice be heard. The event takes place in five locations around the state and you must register to participate. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.carseyinstitute.unh.edu/nhlistens/water.htm
USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy extension hearing
The US Bankruptcy Court will hear the Malom Group, AG’s motion to extend the deadline for water bottler USA Springs, Inc.’s bankruptcy plan that was to expire at the end of March. An interim order extending the deadline to April 24, 2012 was signed April 2, 2012. All hearings are open to the public. The Court is located at 1000 Elm St., 11th Floor, Manchester, NH. It is best to call ahead to confirm that the hearing is still on: 603-222-2600, case # 08-11816.
NH Rivers Council Shoreland Standards Focus Group
The NH Rivers Council invites you to join a focus session on shoreland protection standards at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. Our state’s Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act was greatly changed by the last legislative session. The Shorelands Advisory Committee is exploring separate standards for rivers, lakes and tidal waters. For more information and to pre-register, visit:http://www.nhrivers.org/focus-group/
Cocheco River Watershed Coalition Annual Meeting
The Cocheco River Watershed Coalition invites you to their potluck dinner Annual Meeting at the Roberge Center at Wyandotte Falls in Rochester, NH, 6 p.m. UNH Professor Tom Ballestero will speak about “How A River Works ad What We Can Do When It Doesn’t.” For more information, contact Lorie Chase at 516-8113 or lorie [dot] chase [at] unh [dot] edu.
USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing 3/7 to extend deadline
Malom Group AG, the Swiss investing firm that says it wants to give USA Springs, Inc. $60 million to come out of bankruptcy filed a motion to extend the effective date of the company’s bankruptcy plan to the end of March. If it is approved, this will be the seventh deadline extension by our count. The plan was due to expired February 29, 2012. We encourage you to go watch our justice system at work. Hearings are open to the public. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court is located at 1000 Elm St., 11th Floor, Manchester, NH. A public parking garage is right behind the building. We encourage you to call ahead as hearings may be rescheduled due to last minute motions; the court’s number is 603-222-2600 and the case number is 08-11612.
USA Springs, Inc. Bankruptcy Hearing – SOG Motion, Extension of company’s bankruptcy plan
Save Our Groundwater’s motion about the redaction of foreign investor information in the loan agreement with the Malom Group, AG in the USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy case # 08-11816, is re-scheduled to take place Thursday, January 26 at 9:00 a.m. . SOG is seeking all investor information to be public and transparent on behalf of our members. There will also be a hearing the same morning on extending USA Springs, Inc.’s bankruptcy plan into February 2012 per a January 3, 2012 motion from the Malom Group. The water bottlers’ bankruptcy plan was due to expire January 6, 2012. Bankruptcy court hearings are open to the public. The court is located at 1000 Elm St., 11th Floor, Manchester, NH. We encourage you to call ahead as hearings may be rescheduled due to last minute motions; the court’s number is 603-222-2600.
USA Springs, Inc. Bankruptcy Hearing
Save Our Groundwater’s motion concerning the redaction of foreign investor information is scheduled to take place Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy case # 08-11816. Also at this hearing, USA Springs, Inc. is seeking a fourth extension on their loan agreement with Malom Group, AG, a Swiss financial firm to January 6, 2012. Bankruptcy hearings are open to the public. The court is located at 1000 Elm St., 11th Floor, Manchester, NH. We encourage you to call ahead as hearings may be rescheduled due to last minute motions; the court’s number is 603-222-2600.
POSTPONED: USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing 11/28
The USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing (case # 08-11816) that was scheduled to take place Oct. 24th then rescheduled to November 28, 2011, is again postponed until Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manchester, NH. This is the hearing to determine fees and expenses of approximately $2.6 million for various attorneys and consultants in the case. Bankruptcy hearings are open to the public. The court is located at 1000 Elm St., 11th Floor, Manchester, NH. We encourage you to call ahead as hearings in this case are frequently rescheduled; the court’s number is 603-222-2600.
USA Springs, Inc, bankruptcy hearing 11/18
A USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing (case number 08-11816) to extend the deadline for the company’s Fifth Amended Bankruptcy Plan is scheduled to take place November 18, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.The Malom Group AG ‘bridge loan’ was to have closed by Oct. 3 but failed to do so. Additional Malom loans to the company were to have cleared by Oct. 31 but did not.
Court hearings are open to the public. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court is located at 1000 Elm St., 11th Floor, Manchester, NH. We advise calling the court ahead as hearings in this case are often rescheduled due to a last minute motion; the number is 603-222-2600.
Lamprey River Watershed Association Spaghetti Supper 10/27
Celebrate the Lamprey River Watershed with friends and neighbors! Enjoy great food while you learn about the river, which begins in Northwood, NH and runs through the Seacoast region. The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-9pm at the Nottingham Town Hall, 139 Stage Road (Route 152), Nottingham, NH. Tickets are $8 per person and you must call 659-9363 to reserve a seat.
USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing Oct. 24
The US Bankruptcy Court in Manchester, NH will hold a hearing October 24 at 1:30 pm concerning various attorney and consultant fee requests. The court is located at: 1000 Elm St., Manchester, NH, 11th floor, Courtroom 2. The hearing is open to the public. We suggest that you call ahead to be sure it has not been postponed. The court’s number is 603-222-2600 and the case number is 08-11816; ask for the case manager. If you go to the hearing, please share your notes with SOG by sending an email to saveourgroundwater [at] gmail [dot] com.
Nottingham Planning Board meeting re: mud bog racing proposal
In a victory for residents, the Nottingham Planning Board voted the mud bog racing proposal to be one of regional impact August 10, opening the way for concerned towns to be given abutter status. The Board also found that abutters had not been properly notified (a certified letter needs to be sent). Save Our Groundwater submitted a letter to the Board outlining our concerns on behalf of Nottingham and Barrington members and supporters. The case was adjourned to September 14th. Please try to be there–it helps to show we care.
USA Springs Inc. bankruptcy hearing August 25 at 9 a.m.
The US Bankruptcy Court in Manchester, NH will hold a confirmation hearing on whether to go ahead with USA Springs Inc.’s latest plan to come out of bankruptcy. This involves a Swiss investor named Malom willing to front $60 million over five years. The hearing is open to the public. We suggest that you call ahead to be sure it has not been postponed. The court’s number is 603-222-2600 and the case number is 08-11816; ask for the case manager. If you would like to carpool to the bankruptcy hearing in Manchester, send an email to saveourgroundwater [at] gmail [dot] com.
Nottingham Planning Board meeting re: Mud Bog Racing
The Nottingham Planning Board will hold a public meeting/hearing on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 7 p.m. to consider a proposal for a mud bog racing site off Route 4 between the LandCare business and the welding company. The hearing will be held in Conference Room 1 at the Town Municipal Office, 139 Stage Rd. (Rte. 152) in Nottingham. The case number is P11-08-SIT from applicant Gregg Gentile. The hearing is for “acceptance, compliance review, and final approval of the site plan…” SOG is concerned about potential environmental impacts to critical wetlands and watersheds, noise and traffic. For more information or to review the file, contact Lisa Sears, Land Use Clerk at 679-9597 between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
SOG Annual Meeting
Save Our Groundwater will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at the Barrington Elementary School, 570 Calef Highway at 7 p.m. Supporters can renew their membership before the meeting. For more information, send an email to saveourgroundwater [at] gmail [dot] com
USA Springs Inc. Bankrupcy Hearing April 1 (no joke)
We kid you not–the next USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 1 in Courtroom 2. According to the court case manager, two hearings will be held: one for the application for attorneys fees and the other a confirming hearing for the company’s bankruptcy plan. As always, we encourage you to plan on attending, but before you go, call the court to be sure the hearings are not postponed. Here’s the info:
What: USA Springs, Inc. bankruptcy hearings
Where: US Bankruptcy Court, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, NH – Courtroom 2, Judge Deasey
When: April 1, 2011, 9 a.m
For more information call the Court: 603-222-2600 and ask for the case manager for case number 08-11816.