Most of Tashmoo Reopens After Diesel Spill

Most of Lake Tashmoo reopened for shellfishing last week after a diesel oil spill March 30.

Early Reports on Tashmoo Oil Spill Say Environmental Damage Will Be Minimal

A diesel fuel spill from a sunken boat in Lake Tashmoo was contained early this week with what is believed to be minimal environmental damage. Shellfish beds remain closed.

Selectmen Praise Town Response at Tashmoo

Tisbury selectmen took stock in the aftermath of a Monday oil spill at Lake Tashmoo, praising the response.

Sunken Boat Removed from Tashmoo; Officials Say Damage Minimal from Diesel Spill

A 30-foot sport fishing boat that sank overnight Monday in Lake Tashmoo was removed from the pond Tuesday as officials assessed the damage from the boat's diesel fuel spilling into the water.

Report on Tashmoo Pond Tracks Decline in Water Quality

More than 10 years after the state began studying Tashmoo Pond as part of the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, a final report on the pond’s declining health is expected to be released this week.

Tisbury Limits Anchorage in Lagoon, Tashmoo, Harbor

Effective June 1, boaters in Vineyard Haven waterways will be restricted to three days on an anchor. The Tisbury selectmen unanimously voted to approve an amendment to the town anchoring regulations after a public hearing Tuesday.

Vineyard Haven Dredging Work Completed

Work to deepen the channels at the entrance to Lake Tashmoo and at the west entrance to Vineyard Haven harbor wrapped up earlier this month. Sand was placed at the public beach in Tashmoo as well as the public beaches at Grove avenue and Owen Little Way.

Talking Ponds With Tisbury Waterways

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Tisbury Waterways, Inc. will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. The meeting will include a presentation on inshore dredging projects and what to do with the collected spoils. The program is a joint effort by the Tisbury Waterways Inc. and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

Full Moon Fever, Chronicling Horseshoe Crab Couplings

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, the tide in Lake Tashmoo reached its highest point and began to roll back. Susie Bowman, a naturalist and teacher at Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck wildlife sanctuary, was there to mark the change with her husband, Woody. After Mrs. Bowman marked the tide’s apex, she began measuring out five-meter by five-meter quadrants in which they would search for pairs of mating horseshoe crabs. This is the couple’s fifth year of horseshoe crab surveying at Lake Tashmoo.

Rare Toxic Algae Found in Tashmoo; Pond Closed to Shellfishing

A rare algal bloom has shut down shellfishing in Lake Tashmoo during a week where other Vineyard swimming spots were closed because of bacteria.

Seth’s Pond, the popular swimming hole in West Tisbury, has been closed to swimmers for more than a week because of high levels of enterococcus bacteria. The same bacteria led to a brief closure of Pay Beach in Oak Bluffs.

Starting Wednesday, Lake Tashmoo was closed to shellfishing because of a toxic algae bloom that some said is rare to Vineyard ponds.

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