Coastal ponds

Tisbury Lands Grant for Pilot Wastewater Study

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.

Wastewater Concerns Face Oak Bluffs, Tisbury

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.

MVC Aims to Combat Nitrogen Issues With Stricter Water Quality Policies

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.

Study Bolsters Theory That Shellfish Remove Nitrogen from Ponds

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.

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.

Dangerous Dinoflagellate: Look Out for Rust Tide

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

No-Anchor Zone Recommended to Protect Eelgrass in Lake Tashmoo

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.

Quitsa Pond Is Laboratory for Eelgrass Restoration; Results Mixed

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.

MVC Conference Takes Up Coastal Ponds Issue

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

Eelgrass Pilot Set to Begin at Quitsa Pond

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