on Water August 22
The corporatization of water is happening much faster than we
realize. Citizens must begin to wrestle
with the issue over which billions of dollars will be made (Fortune magazines
prediction) and wars will be fought (U.N. prediction) in the proximate future.
About a year ago, a corporation called USA Springs purchased
100 acres of land straddling Nottingham and Barrington, New Hampshire (located
@ 20 miles west of Portsmouth). The land sits over the single aquifer supplying public water for both towns. USA Springs has plans to pump 439, 200 gallons of water a day from the aquifer, bottle it, drive it to an airport and fly it
to Europe for sale.
The people of Nottingham, Barrington and
surrounding towns within the watershed district are more than alarmed, they're
outraged, and they want to stop USA Springs Inc. How to stop the
corporation is the question.
Members of the Alliance for Democracy and interested
individuals are getting together on August 22 to travel to Portsmouth, NH to
listen to experts speak on water, politics and the law. The speakers are
Nancy Price from the Alliance for Democracy and one or two representatives from
the Nottingham/Barrington resistance organization called Save Our
(www.saveourgroundwater.org). They will
present their ideas and mediate discussion on the question at the South Church
on State Street in Portsmouth from 7 to 9 pm.
Many issues are in play in this situation, and
they boil down to rights and obligations. Who has the right to extract
water from the ground for sale an ocean away? When do the people who live
on the land above that water have a right to stop this extraction? What
are the obligations of the state, the municipalities and the corporation to the
people of these towns, and who has the most authority? Is there such a
thing as a common good or public resource that should be safeguarded for
People interested in joining the
presentation in Portsmouth and helping to establish the people's right to
control local public resources have several choices. They may meet and carpool
Town Hall in Lincoln, MA at 3:30 pm on Aug. 22. Please contact Cynthia
Ritsher (CWRitsher@aol.com) for more information. They may meet in front of South Church on State Street in
Portsmouth at 5:30 where I'll be, and we'll eat something before the meeting.
Contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Or third, come
to South Church at 7:00 pm, Aug. 22. Contact me for information on getting
to South Church.
A final point: the Aug. 22 event is also a
planning opportunity for the next Nottingham Planning Board meeting with USA
Springs on September 11. On Aug. 22, we will be organizing our efforts
for that next legal forum for the battle to save our groundwater from corporate
control. Numbers are our greatest strength. Please join us.
Nick Biddle, Executive Coordinator
Alliance for Democracy, Phone 781 894-1179