About the Highland Lake Watershed Association
The Highland Lake Watershed Association, Inc. is a voluntary organization made up of residents and friends of Highland Lake. The origins of HLWA began in 1959 when a group of lake residents became concerned about control of the lake water level. HLWA became incorporated in 1993 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our members look to us for collaborative and effective solutions for the preservation of the lake and watershed to make a positive difference in the lake water quality. HLWA is able to do this because of the dedication of time and effort of our volunteers and the dues and donations of our members and friends.
OUR MISSION is to encourage the restoration and conservation of the natural resources of the Highland Lake Watershed as well as to protect and conserve fish and wildlife, forest and other plant life, water sources and soils. We promote the understanding among citizens of the Town of Winchester of the need for such restoration and conservation to provide a legacy for the future.
What Does HLWA Do?
- Works with local authorities to maintain water quality and safety which benefits all residents
- Conducts monthly water sampling and testing April through November
- Raises money to protect and preserve water quality and the natural resources of the watershed
- Manages our Legacy Program which acquires land in the watershed to preserve open space and reduce water runoff (HLWA has deeds to 40 properties, totaling 5.73 acres. In addition, we partnered with the Winchester Land Trust on forested land on Long Pond Ridge and the Stevens Preserve.)
- Sponsors events like “Evening on Highland Lake,” Boat Parade, Meet the Board
- Holds an Annual Membership meeting in July
- Supports the efforts of the Winchester Police Department Marine Patrol to uphold safety on the water
- Organizes spring and fall cleanup campaigns to pick up trash from lakeside roads
- Educates, informs and updates area residents with Highland Lake News, website, Facebook, Instagram and email
- Remains open to new ideas that will help HLWA continue to fulfill its mission
- Participates in local philanthropic events
- Welcomes new neighbors to the watershed community
Help us continue the work – become a member and volunteer