Every year an explosion of algae — fueled mostly by nitrogen from septic tanks — turns the Lagoon Pond a shade of red or rusty brown. All the saltwater ponds on the Vineyard are impaired to some degree, and each one faces a unique set of conditions. Public interest has reached a tipping point.
While manager Sean Flynn remains out of the office, airport commissioners provided new details about their decision to put him on leave. Among other things, the FAA issued a letter of investigation following a failure to correct operational deficiencies.
Katama Bay oyster farms have been closed for a week because of three cases of confirmed cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness tied to consumption of raw oysters from the area, state officials announced Wednesday.