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The Pembroke Watershed Association is a grassroots, nonprofit organization run by dedicated volunteers. The PWA began in the Fall of 2004 and covers Furnace, Hobomock, Little Sandy Bottom, Oldham and Stetson ponds in the Town of Pembroke, Massachusetts.

To accomplish our mission, we:

  • Monitor water quality and compile comprehensive reports
  • Hold an annual pond clean up day
  • Hold annual fundraising events with raffle drawings
  • Have a Weed Watchers program with classes given by Bill Glover
  • Partner with schools, businesses and other community groups and watersheds
  • Work closely with local governmental departments and commissions
  • Have on-going educational outreach with general public and youth


\Officers, Directors & Executive Committee

What is a Watershed?

A watershed consists of an area of land where run-off from higher elevations is channeled into a specific body of water such as a pond, lake, river, or ocean. A watershed is a way to divide up landscapes, particularly when considering water issues.

Massachusetts has 27 major watersheds. The Southeastern section of the Commonwealth consists of 5 major watershed areas, and the South Coastal Watershed is one of them.

Pembroke is one of 14 towns within the South Coastal Watershed. The Pembroke Watershed Association is Pembroke’s own watershed.

Watershed groups, because of some issues specific to their particular locations, vary some in their goals. However, the common thread they all share is clean water and addressing whatever needs to be done to correct and preserve it in their individual areas. This means attracting members who will volunteer time, educate the public, work toward their goals, and seek funding to attain a satisfactory result.