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Protection of areas of ecological and scenic value through the land trust program represents a major aspect of our activities.
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The Osborn Finch cabin is truly a rustic camping experience. Proceeds from cabin visits support land protection efforts.            
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Late spring to early fall, twice monthly on Saturdays. See the
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The PWA has its origins in the Biscay Pond Association, formed in 1966 by residents concerned about unsound development. Read more


The Pemaquid Watershed Association is a nonprofit, membership-supported conservation association. The mission of the PWA is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. The PWA’s programs and land trust are intended to ensure that these resources will remain for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Please read our updated brochure for more information.

Visit us at 15 Courtyard St, Damariscotta – above the Salt Bay Cafe and Region Chamber of Commerce office.

Our mailing address is:
Pemaquid Watershed Association
P.O. Box 552,
Damariscotta, ME 04543

Phone: 207 563-2196
Email: info@pemaquidwatershed.org

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Our Work
Pemaquid Watershed Association works to conserve the natural resources of
the Pemaquid Peninsula by:
Serving as a Land Trust for the permanent protection of land via nature
preserves and conservation easements;
Monitoring and protecting the water quality of the ponds, Pemaquid River,
and nearshore marine waters;
Educating about the region's natural resources and encouraging responsible
environmental behavior.

pemaquid riverActivities in support of the PWA’s goals have three major components. Our water quality monitoring program establishes sound baseline data from which we can monitor future changes in water quality. Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center at Pemaquid Beach helps to promote stewardship of the beach and local environment. Protection of areas of ecological and scenic value through the land trust program represents the third aspect of our activities.

The PWA hopes to bring about recognition of the importance of the natural environment to the people and the economy of the Pemaquid region. You can become a part of this important effort by joining today

Reports on water quality added to our Documents page: "Statewide Perspective on Lake Water Clarity in 2011", and "Pemaquid Pond – 2011 Baseline Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment".

PWA Hike and Paddle Pocket Guide

PWA Hike & Paddle GuideThose seeking to find out more about paddling the Pemaquid River and those who want a quick overview of PWA's preserves will now be able to get it all in one handy reference. Thanks to the hard work of graphic designer and PWA member Laurie Herron of Royal River Graphics and the printing sponsorship of Lincoln County Publishing, PWA is proud to now offer a Hike and Paddle Pocket Guide. The full-color guide provides background, trail information, and directions to PWA's preserves and gives information about paddling the Pemaquid River, including directions to the five major put-in launches. It folds to a handy 3.5x5.5" size and opens to a 11x14" double-sided guide. Available at the PWA office for a suggested donation of $2. Or order from our Merchandise Page.

Video about PWA: LCTV helped us to produce a video overview of PWA - you can check it out on Vimeo here.
     Many thanks to LCTV, our local community media organization, for making the video and posting it onlin

PWA has updated its brochure "When Canada Geese Become a Pest: Options for Landowners". It can be downloaded as a pdf file here.

Down East Magazine

DownEast 'Paddle Down the Pemaquid River'

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Get outdoors and volunteer to help PWA – see our Event Calendar and our Volunteer pages for many opportunities!

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Keep America Beautiful

Updated 2/1/2015

Check out the Events Calendar: Many new PWA events have been listed on the Events Calendar - check back often

MID-WINTER BIRDSEED SALE: REMINDER: Pickup your orders on Saturday, February 7th from 9-11 a.m at Lincoln County Publishing, Mills Rd, Newcastle. If you are not able to get your seeds on the 7th, please call the office (563-2196) to make arrangements.

ART EXHIBIT January 5th – February 27th: Bruce Babb art exhibit “The Beauty of Wood” at PWA's office gallery, 15 Courtyard St. above Salt Bay Café in Damariscotta weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bruce is donating 35% from exhibit sales to support PWA's mission.
To view the exhibit, visit the Association’s office from 9:30-4:30 weekdays, located at 15 Courtyard Street, above Salt Bay Café in downtown Damariscotta.

FALL 2014 NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE NOW! Check out the lastest edition of the Watershed Watch to stay abreast of all that's happening with your PWA

PWA First Maine Affiliate of KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL: PWA celebrated official affiliation with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 28, at the Education Center at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park. PWA is the very first Maine Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.

A team of volunteers hand-selected by PWA for their dedication to litter prevention and their skillset completed survey and analysis projects that qualified PWA for acceptance as an Affiliate. The team included Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland, Joan Panek, Louise Riley, and Linda Shaffer.

The people, L to R, are Sue Smith (the KAB trainer), Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland (as the Anti-Trash Queen), Donna Minnis, Peggy Drake, Louise Riley, Linda Shaffer, Joan Panek, and Susan Foster
The people, L to R, are Sue Smith (the KAB trainer), Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland (as the Anti-Trash Queen), Donna Minnis, Peggy Drake, Louise Riley, Linda Shaffer, Joan Panek, and Susan Foster

PWA’s “Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful” initiative will bolster PWA’s work to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment.

ANNOUNCING PWA LOON LOVERS: There is a now a new way for you to show your support of PWA’s work. The Loon Lovers Membership Program is designed for those who appreciate the ease and convenience of paying their PWA membership dues via an automatic recurring monthly charge to a credit or debit card. The success stories for monthly giving programs are countless, and the benefits are huge for both the non-profit and the donor. See our Membership page for more information, also page 9 of our Spring Newsletter (see below)!

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PWA Watershed Watch Summer 2014 Newsletter Hot Off The Press: Read all about what's happening at PWA! Download your copy from our Newsletter Page and enjoy!

“Wings Over the Pemaquid River”, a 6½ -minute video of spectacular aerial photos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weBQsjqYxSc

Tips for viewing the video on YouTube: Play the video with your speakers on and with the image at full screen and high resolution. Adjust resolution by clicking on the Settings "gear" icon at the lower-right of the screen.

Tackle Exchange Program in PWA Office: Lead poisoning is the number one cause of death of adult loons in New England, and was linked to the death of a loon in Pemaquid Pond this past July. Symptoms may be severe and fast and include disorientation and lethargy, making diving and flying difficult, and ultimately leading to death. Loons may ingest lead sinkers or tackle when eating fish which have tackle attached or have ingested sinkers themselves, or when lost sinkers are ingested along with rocks from the lake bottom when loons fill their gizzards with rocks (gizzards are organs that help birds to grind up food without the use of teeth).
     PWA has started a tackle exchange program in the office, where anglers can exchange their lead sinkers and jigs for non-lead alternatives, for free, and they are making plans for more educational seminars on this topic for next spring

Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1966, it was not until the late ’80s that Pemaquid Watershed Association formally became a Land Trust. In 1988, the PWA Board of Directors made the bold decision to move PWA to the next level as an organization and take on the role and responsibility of maintaining land in perpetuity. now owns 8 nature preserves and holds 13 conservation easements.
     Thank you to all the private property owners who have chosen to protect their land by donating the land - or a conservation easement on the land - to PWA. The protected properties are a legacy that will be enjoyed forever.

Lake or Pond?? We often are asked why is Pemaquid a "Pond" rather than a "Lake" ... or more generally, what is the difference between a Pond and a Lake? Here is some infomation from The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program to shed some light on that question!

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• Outdoors Tips: Enjoy all that our area has to offer - but be aware of potential challenges.

  • Ticks may be out early this year and active late - be careful outdoors at home and away. Take a look at the Maine State Site for some good information on ticks and lyme disease.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Hilltop Stop Redemption on Mills Road in Newcastle (next to Lincoln County Publishing) is now accepting bottle returns with proceeds directed to PWA. Just let them know to send your redemption amount to PWA. It's that easy. They are open Mon-Sat from 8-5. They also do business pick-ups (to arrange, call 563-1520).


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