The holidays were fruitful, but must end; One August evening had a cooler breath; Into each mind intruding duties crept; Under the cinders burned the fires of home. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.