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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Navy Takes Part of Squibnocket Pond for Duration
Vineyard Gazette

The Navy has taken a leasehold right for the duration of the war from the commonwealth of Massachusetts and others on that portion of Squibnocket Pond which lies west of a line drawn north and south through the westerly shore of Beachgrass Island, so called. This line is marked by a series of buoys. The area around the pond has been conspicuously posted, warning people off the waters of the pond.

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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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Dangerous Dinoflagellate: Look Out for Rust Tide
Suzan Bellincampi

Rust tide is in the news again, reported recently in Long Island waters.

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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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