Water District Drinking Water Source
Salmon Falls River Watershed
Long Swamp straddles the Berwick border with Lebanon between Long Swamp Road and Little River Road. There is little development surrounding the swamp other than a few homes within a half mile.
Murdock Lake is located in the northwest part of Berwick near Ridlon Road. The lake is 145 acres in size with an average depth of 6 feet. The surrounding land is relatively undeveloped. The exceptions are a 200+ acre farm and a large subdivision a half mile to the west. Murdock Lake has a carry in boat launch and a dam at its outlet.
Keay Brook drains Murdock Lake close to Ridlon Road. It crosses the road and runs along the edge of a large farm until it joins the Salmon Falls River.
Little River meanders quite a bit as it enters Berwick near Little River Road. The River spans the entire width of the town for approximately 7 miles before it converges with the Salmon Falls River. It passes under four bridges at Diamond Hill Road, Messenger Bridge on Pine Hill Road, Ridlon Road, and Hubbard Road. For most of its trip through Berwick, Little River is paralleled by scattered development along Little River Road including a large industrial facility.
Touge Brook runs into Berwick from a forested marsh area near Touge Brook Road, which it passes under at a bridge before joining Little River.
Pine Hill Brook emerges from thick woodland near Worster and Pine Hill Road intersection. It runs for approximately 1.5 miles, crossing three roads, and gathering water from several fields and marsh areas before joining Little River just downstream from the Ridlon Road Bridge.
Coffin Brook and Mulloy Brook cross Route 9 just east of Berwick Center, each running for about a half mile, and then joining Worster Brook. Coffin Brook passes very close to a gravel pit. Both Mulloy and Coffin Brooks pass under Route 9 through culverts.
Worster Brook begins near Old Sanford and Diamond Hill Roads and heads in southwest direction. Cris-crossing Old Sanford Road, the brook passes the Noble Middle School and runs through Mathews Millpond. Worster Brook continues moving southwest, gathering water from several brooks and marsh areas. The brook converges with the Salmon Falls River just downstream of a hydroelectric dam and the Berwick waste treatment plant.
Mathews Millpond is located right at the intersection of Route 9 and Old Sanford Road, near Noble Middle School. While the pond is only 2 acres in size the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been stocking it with brook trout since 1989. Half the perimeter of Mathews Millpond is bordered by Old Sanford Road with a thin forested buffer.
Cranberry Meadow is a freshwater forested wetland between School Street and Blackberry Hill Road.
Driscoll Brook begins in a marsh area near a farm on Blackberry Hill Road. It crosses the road and flows south, draining several farms and passing into a mile long stretch of woods. The brook emerges at the end of Blackmore Road and flows along the train tracks until crossing into South Berwick at Railroad Avenue.
The Salmon Falls River forms Berwick’s 11 mile eastern border with New Hampshire. The banks of the river are highly developed, with farms and subdivisions in the north, and urban development in the south as it passes through Berwick Center. There are four dams on Salmons Falls River in Berwick, one of which is associated with a large mill complex in the middle of town.
Great Works River Watershed
Beaver Dam Pond is formed where water draining from a large heath pools behind a dam near the intersection of School Street and Beech Ridge Road.
The outlet of Beaver Dam Pond is Beaver Dam Brook. After spilling over the dam it flows for half a mile before entering North Berwick. The brook reenters Berwick a half mile away near two gravel pits on Wentworth Road. Beaver Dam Brook widens slightly behind a culvert in a road to one of the gravel pits. A half mile downstream the brook runs under train tracks and then crosses again into North Berwick.
Lovers Brook forms as water drains from the Marsh behind Noble Middle School. As it becomes more channeled the brook crosses School Street at the intersection with Guinea Road and runs past two homes and a farm field. From there Lovers Brook flows through 1.25 miles of woods emerging at the railroad tracks along Portland Street. At this point the brook must pass under 250 feet of culvert as it flows under the tracks and the road. It passes a large industrial site and a junkyard before entering South Berwick.
Adams Brook is a little less than a mile long. It flows past several large farms on Blackberry Hill Road near the intersection with Route 4. Crossing Route 4 and the train tracks it joins Lovers Brook just after passing into South Berwick.