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
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
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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
Activities 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
Those 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.
DownEast 'Paddle Down the Pemaquid River'
Article Link (Click Here)
Get outdoors and volunteer to help PWA – see our Event Calendar and our Volunteer pages for many opportunities!
PWA now is on Facebook - become a fan!
Check out the Events Calendar: Many new PWA events have been listed on the Events Calendar - check back often
“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.
“THE BEAUTY OF BRISTOL” ART EXHIBIT AT PWA: Judy Nixon of Bristol will exhibit her artwork at the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) office gallery in downtown Damariscotta from January 6 through March 7. The exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. by visiting PWA above Salt Bay Café. For more information, call 207-563-2196. Judy is donating 35% of proceeds from sales to support PWA’s mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.
The theme of her exhibit is “The Beauty of Bristol”. Judy is inspired by the seashore, the rocky coastlines that abut inland farms, lake areas and river ways, and quiet forests, all forever changing with the seasons.
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.
It's here — the Fall 2013 edition of our newsletter, the Watershed Watch, is in the mail and available online here. See what our watershed looks like from the air, read about our 2013 year and what's coming from Executive Director Donna Minnis and President Peggy Drake, celebrate dedicated volunteers honored with Lakesaver and Volunteer Of The Year awards, meet our newest Board members, and more! Visit our Newsletters page for this edition and for previous editions.
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
• 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!
• PWA on Facebook: Check out PWA on Facebook and become a Fan today!
• 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).