PRESERVING AND PROTECTING
The West Harbor Pond Watershed Association's primary mission is to preserve and protect this historic pond and its shoreline through careful environmental stewardship.
The WHPWA seeks to preserve the water quality of the Pond and the ecological system that has developed within and around it. To fulfill this mission, the WHPWA conducts regular monitoring of the Pond’s water quality and aquatic vegetation and participates in the LakeSmart Program.
Today, a major focus of the WHPWA’s protection and preservation effort is the replacement of the 1880 siphon located at the dam. The siphon failed in 2008, placing the pond in danger of losing its fresh water layer to a heavier, oxygen-depleted salt water mixture that creeps into the lake through the dam.
The WHPWA, with the support of the larger Boothbay Harbor community, recently completed the Campaign to Save West Harbor Pond to fund the replacement of the 1880 siphon so that West Harbor Pond will continue to be a vibrant ecological jewel on the Boothbay peninsula. A new siphon system will be installed in November 2018.