American Friends Service Committee – New Hampshire Office

American Friends Service Committee – New Hampshire Office – Save Our Groundwater and the New Hampshire office of the AFSC have worked together to address how international trade agreements and the export of water impact states rights. The AFSC, through its “Trade Matters” program, conducts education and action programs that seek to help local residents understand the economic and environmental impacts of these trade agreements and how they can make their voices heard. In May 2007, the New Hampshire Legislature adopted a resolution (SCR 0003) instructing federal trade negotiators to consult with them before completing trade agreements that affect the authority of state and local governments. The resolution explicitly removes the state from provisions of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) unless the Legislature grants this authority. A Citizens Trade Policy Commission (SB162) was also signed into law to investigate and evaluate the impact of existing and proposed international trade agreements on state and local government.

Blue Planet Project

Blue Planet Project is a global initiative for water justice based on securing the right to water and maintaining water in the public trust and the global commons

Community Water Justice

Community Water Justice is based in the Fryeburg, ME-eastern NH area and working to stop Nestle Waters N.A. d/b/a Poland Spring from appropriating community water for their bottled water enterprise. Fryeburg and several adjoining towns share a privately held public water system called the Fryeburg Water Company which would like to enter into a 25+ year contract with Nestle to provide the water. The contract is before the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Your help is needed to keep corporate hands off community water.

Concord on Tap

Concord on Tap – Voters of the town of Concord, MA decided to ban the sale of small units of bottled water in April 2012. The three-year campaign included all types of outreach in the schools, civic organizations, places of worship and public events.

Council of Canadians, Water Campaign

Council of Canadians, Water Campaign is a leader in the international effort to declare water a human right under the United Nations. The Council advocates for national and international strategies to conserve and protect water. Maude Barlow is the Council’s national chairperson and a good friend to many grassroots organizations, including SOG, who are working to protect the world’s water supply.

Food and Water Watch

Food and Water Watch works with grassroots organizations and allies around the world to stop the corporate control of our water and food. Their bottle water organizing focuses on strengthening public water systems and dispelling the myths created by the advertising blitz for bottled water.

Green Mountain Conservation Group

Green Mountain Conservation Group protects natural resources in the Ossipee, NH watershed. The nonprofit organization was formed in 1997 and conducts research, education and advocacy to reach its goals.

Groundwater Study Commission

The Groundwater Study Commission, established in 2003 by the New Hampshire Senate Bill 155, is charged with studying ways to bring a balanced approach to all the state’s water users while protecting and preserving an adequate supply of groundwater. The Commission’s charge includes “consideration of issues such as potential impacts on New Hampshire’s environment, property rights as they relate to groundwater, possible fees on water withdrawals and the protections of New Hampshire’s aquifers.”

Originally charged with making a final report by November 30, 2004, the Commission was extended several times and its final report completed in 2010. The Commission’s co-chairs at that time were Senator Jackie Cilley and Representative Judith Spang. To read the Commission’s annual reports and final report to the legislature, visit their website,

Lamprey River Watershed Association

Lamprey River Watershed Association – founded in 1980 to promote the restoration, conservation and wise development and use of natural resources in this federally designated and protected “Wild and Scenic” river watershed. The Lamprey begins in Northwood, NH and its watershed extends through the towns of Deerfield, Nottingham, Candia, Raymond, Epping, Fremont, Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket and Durham. The Association has taken an active interest in the potential impacts of the USA Springs, Inc. water bottling plant on the river, submitting testimony to state and federal officials detailing their concerns.

LifeWise Community Projects, Inc.

LifeWise Community Projects, Inc. – this nonprofit organization advocates for civic engagement through volunteer community service projects. LifeWise has promoted public health and safety for many years through its Safe Drinking Water program, which features free groundwater demonstrations offered to schools and groups using a model that simulates groundwater flow and contamination.

Neighborhood Guardians

Neighborhood Guardians – a New Hampshire nonprofit representing the concerns residents within the state-defined zone of influence of the USA Springs, Inc. water bottling project with a focus on the Town of Nottingham permitting process.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

New England Grassroots Environment Fund – Founded in 1996, NEGEF offers small grants and resources to grassroots organizations and initiatives working to “create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.”

New Hampshire Rivers Council

New Hampshire Rivers Council – Since its incorporation as a nonprofit organization in 1993, the Rivers Council has provided educational programs about the value of the state’s rivers, watersheds and related natural resources while advocating for strong public policies to protect and manage these waterways in a sustainable, ecologically sound manner.

New Hampshire Water Sustainability Commission

The New Hampshire Water Sustainability Commission was formed in April 2011 by executive order of Governor John Lynch. The Commission met monthly for more than 18 months to identify strategies and management measures to ensure that the state’s water quality and quantity are as good or better in 25 years than it is today. The Commission held seven public meetings around the state to discuss New Hampshire’s water and issues relating to it.  The Documents & Publications link offers key state documents and studies relating to water, the Commission’s meeting minutes and the final report. The Commission’s final report with seven goals and accompanying recommendations for New Hampshire’s water was presented to Gov. Lynch December 17, 2012.

Oyster River Watershed Association

Oyster River Watershed Association is a New Hampshire nonprofit organization seeks to protect, promote, and enhance the ecological integrity and environmental quality of the Oyster River Watershed through education and civic participation. Monthly meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Madbury Public Library in Madbury, NH. The Association led a successful effort to have the Oyster River become the 18th New Hampshire specially-protected designated river in 2011. Through regular meetings, river walks and other educational events the group fosters community participation and awareness about the river and its importance to the region. The Oyster River Local Advisory Committee is a partnership between the state and local residents for the designated river, with at least one resident from each municipality along the designated part of the river participating.

Polaris Institute, Water Program

Polaris Institute, Water Program seeks to develop citizen capacities through education and action about water justice issues such as bulk water exports, water takings, water security and bottled water.

Swains Lake Association

The Swains Lake Association in Barrington, NH is a nonprofit organization committed to protecting and improving Swains Lake, which is the source of the Bellamy River that provides freshwater to Portsmouth’s and Dover, NH’s public water systems. Founded in 1975, the Association has monitored various water quality factors over the years and works hard to protect the lake from invasive species.

Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited is a 50-year old national organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Their Eastern Water Project is concerned with the relationship between groundwater usage and surface waters and how depleting groundwater impacts the levels of coldwater streams and aquatic life. Their report, “A Glass Half Full – The Future of Water in New England” investigates this issue from a regional perspective.

You can download the report from their website; it is a large (3.7mb) file.