Each summer PWA organizes “PWA Ponders” gatherings for information sharing for Biscay, Duckpuddle, McCurdy, Paradise, and Pemaquid ponds. PWA Ponders gatherings provide an opportunity for people who care about a pond to get to socialize and discuss pond caretaking with PWA.
The gatherings are informal and typically involve an evening potluck meal and conversation. They are hosted at the private home of a PWA member who resides on or near the particular pond, and the location is rotated each year to try to visit different locations around each pond. Anyone with an interest in a pond may attend; you do not need to be a PWA member or even to reside near the pond to take part in a PWA Ponders gathering.
During the gathering, the PWA Executive Director and Board President facilitate discussions with attendees about their pond-related questions, suggestions, and concerns. Sharing information about water quality, responsible stewardship, pollution, the impact of development, easements and getting to know neighbors are some of the great benefits to these gatherings.
At the gatherings, PWA provides “Ponders Packets” filled with information about water quality and best management practices. These informational packets are free and are also available at the PWA office.
PWA Ponders' beginnings
Many suggestions from that first meeting became action items for PWA. For instance, attendees asked for information about pollution, boating regulations, invasive plants, and best camp practices, which spurred the creation of “Ponders Packets”. Members of the initial group also volunteered to help with the first Courtesy Boat Inspection training and implementation to prevent nuisance plants from invading the ponds.
In 2005, the PWA Pemaquid Ponders began. In 2006, PWA McCurdy Ponders and PWA Duckpuddle Ponders met for the first time. In 2008, the PWA Paradise Ponders began.