About the Association
Located in mid-coast Maine, Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based conservation organization.
The mission of PWA is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education.
Our vision is a protected yet accessible Pemaquid Peninsula where people and wildlife thrive in a pristine and nurturing environment.
How it All Started
PWA has its origins in the Biscay Pond Association, formed in August 1966 by residents concerned about unsound development. The organization gradually grew in response to the interests and concerns of landowners throughout the Pemaquid River watershed.
Spurred by unprecedented development pressures, PWA became a Land Trust in 1988. As a Land Trust, we use conservation easements and land acquisition to protect the beauty and natural integrity of the watershed. For the full history, read our Watershed Watch Newsletter from Spring 2008 (page 8).
Map of the Pemaquid Peninsula
- The green-shaded topographic area is the Pemaquid Peninsula, which is PWA’s “Service Area”. The properties that PWA protects are shown in red. Other protected properties are shown in pink.
- The yellow line outlines the Pemaquid River watershed, which is PWA’s “Focus Area”.
Size and Scope of the Watershed
The Pemaquid River watershed covers parts of six towns (Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, Bremen, Bristol, South Bristol) and is 46.9 square miles in size, of which 5.4 sq miles are water and 41.5 sq miles are land. The Pemaquid River watershed includes the sub-watersheds that flow into the Pemaquid River or into Pemaquid Harbor (including Little Falls Brook, which flows into Pemaquid Harbor, and Beaver Dam Brook, which flows into Duckpuddle Pond). It also includes the coastline down to Pemaquid Point on Johns Bay on the west side of the peninsula. The Pemaquid River watershed boundary goes through the summits of Johnston Hill and Cordwood Hill on the east and Eugley Hill at the northern tip.
Wings Over the Pemaquid River
“Wings Over the Pemaquid River” is a 6½-minute video of spectacular aerial photos spanning the river system from Waldoboro to Bristol. The video shows the interconnectedness of the chain of ponds in the 19-miles of the Pemaquid River, including Tobias, Duckpuddle, Pemaquid, McCurdy, Little, Paradise (Muddy), Biscay, Little Biscay, Ross, and Boyd Ponds. From Boyd Pond, the flight winds down to Pemaquid Falls, the Pemaquid River estuary, Pemaquid Harbor, Pemaquid Beach, and Pemaquid Point.