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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No-Anchor Zone Recommended to Protect Eelgrass in Lake Tashmoo
Heather Hamacek

Drew’s Cove in Lake Tashmoo could become a no-anchor zone for the next three years to protect fragile eelgrass beds near the head of the saltwater estuary.

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Quitsa Pond Is Laboratory for Eelgrass Restoration; Results Mixed
Alex Elvin

Nashaquitsa Pond has become a laboratory for eelgrass restoration, although poor water quality and other factors appear to be keeping the aquatic species from re-establishing.

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MVC Conference Takes Up Coastal Ponds Issue
Julia Wells

With Vineyard coastal ponds at a tipping point, on Thursday this week the Martha’s Vineyard Commission will lead a daylong conference Thursday.

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Eelgrass Pilot Set to Begin at Quitsa Pond
Alex Elvin

With support from the Edey Foundation, the Chilmark shellfish department plans to restore vital eelgrass beds that vanished from Nashaquitsa Pond.

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Estuaries Project Nears End, Work Begins to Protect Ponds
Alex Elvin
The Massachusetts Estuary Project, which studied 12 Island bodies of water, has raised awareness of growing nitrogen problems and spurred action at several levels.
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