MVC Outlines Nitrogen Reduction Plan for Pond Health
Landry Harlan
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission presented a water quality management policy with an emphasis on the high nitrogen in coastal ponds.
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Forum Discusses Phragmites Harvesting to Lower Nitrogen in Ponds
Landry Harlan

Phragmites can be a valuable tool for removing nitrogen in Vineyard ponds, according to new research presented to a packed meeting in the West Tisbury Library Monday afternoon.

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Water Levels in Great Ponds Reach Historic High
Landry Harlan

Torrents of rain from recent storms have caused Vineyard Great Ponds to rise to historic levels, threatening shellfish and surrounding homes.

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Phragmites Could Play Key Role in Health of Coastal Ponds
Landry Harlan

Regular removal of phragmites is an effective and efficient way to improve the health of coastal ponds, a study has found.

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Edgartown Great Pond Comeback Is Communal Effort
Landry Harlan
The overall health of the Edgartown Great Pond has shown significant improvement over the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday from the nonprofit Great Pond Foundation.
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Tisbury Lands Grant for Pilot Wastewater Study
Alex Elvin

With funding approved to pilot a new type of septic system in the Lagoon Pond and Lake Tashmoo watersheds, Tisbury may soon find itself a step ahead in a race to preserve coastal ponds.

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Wastewater Concerns Face Oak Bluffs, Tisbury
Alex Elvin

Voters in Oak Bluffs and Tisbury this year will be asked to move forward on ambitious plans to expand each town’s sewer district, with a common goal of benefitting both local business and coastal ponds.

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MVC Aims to Combat Nitrogen Issues With Stricter Water Quality Policies
Alex Elvin
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission is revising its 2007 water quality policy, with an eye toward stricter rules for developments that contribute nitrogen to saltwater ponds from wastewater.
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Study Bolsters Theory That Shellfish Remove Nitrogen from Ponds
Alex Elvin
As communities on the Island and across the region look to shellfish as a possible strategy to restore the health of coastal ponds, a study on the Cape provides numbers to back up their work.
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Gazette Wins Top Award for Coastal Pond Series

The Vineyard Gazette’s series on coastal ponds was recognized with an award for outstanding journalism this week by the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Alex Elvin was the principal reporter on the series.

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