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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Success on the Half Shell; Aquaculture Boosts Pond Health
Alex Elvin
A Sengekontacket oyster project has been such a success that the shellfish department will ask selectmen to open the pond to commercial oystering.
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Breaches Carve a Path for Pond Management
Alex Elvin
Man-made breaches at Island ponds help maintain salinity for shellfish and eelgrass and flush out nitrogen that accumulates mostly from septic tanks and runoff.
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Sewering Can Help Save Ponds, But at a Cost
Alex Elvin
Without wastewater treatment facilities, Island ponds could be in worse shape. Estuaries suffer from nitrogen overload, coming mostly from septic systems that remove bacteria but not nitrogen.
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Wastewater: Plumbing All the Alternatives
Alex Elvin
A few hundred alternative systems are installed on Martha's Vineyard, mostly in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. The technology could help achieve nitrogen mitigation in Island coastal ponds.
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Hard Science, Hard Truths About Pond Pollution
Alex Elvin
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.
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Sengekontacket Pond Closed to Shellfishing After Rainfall

Sengekontacket Pond has been closed to shellfishing because of rainfall received earlier this week.

The town of Oak Bluffs has advised that the pond will be closed until at least Monday, August 17.

The state mandates pond closures after heavy rainfall because of run-off from waterfowl and other sources. Red flags fly at both bridges on the pond when it is closed to shellfishing.

 

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Once a Duck Hunting Club, Still a Paradise Thanks to Generosity
Heather Hamacek

The draw began with duck hunting in the early 1900s. Tisbury Great Pond was a haven for waterfowl, and wealthy Boston gentlemen took notice.

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