The Washington Lakes Association has changed its name to better highlight its focus on the entire watershed of the Washington area.

The Washington Lakes Watershed Association, as it is now called, has always included the streams, brooks and rivers that feed into Washington Lake and Crystal Pond, said association President Sharon Turner.

“Now we want to make that focus more explicit and encourage our local residents to think of water quality as a whole system,” Turner said in a news release.

Washington has no public water system, so people rely on wells. “Protecting our watershed includes protecting our drinking water as well as our pristine lakes and ponds,” Turner said.

The new name includes an updated website that will launch in the next few weeks. The emphasis will be on encouraging more residents to join the association and get involved.

The association monitors water quality and offers educational programs. It has a close tie to Prescott Elementary School where it provides curriculum and other resources.

“What we do today to protect our waterways will benefit generations to come,” Turner said. “We are fortunate here in Washington in that our streams, lakes and ponds remain healthy and pristine.”

The volunteers in the Washington Lakes Watershed Association plan to do everything they can to keep it that way.