Edgartown Great Pond

Two Foundations Launch Intensive Study of Chilmark Pond

Dredging and intensive study are part of a new project for Chilmark Pond, as two foundations have joined forces to develop a science-driven restoration plan for the pond.

Keep Edgartown Great Pond Flowing with Science

With manmade openings at the Edgartown Great Pond a long-established practice, I would like to raise a question about the more recent practice of dredging.

Great Pond Foundation Director Looks to Serve and Protect

Emily Reddington, former director of science and education at the Great Pond Foundation, has been named executive director of the Edgartown nonprofit.

Invasive Jellyfish on the Move in Island Ponds

Biologists and environmental groups are monitoring an invasive jellyfish with a painful sting that has spread into Vineyard waters in recent years.

Water Levels in Great Ponds Reach Historic High

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

Edgartown Great Pond Comeback Is Communal Effort

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.

Right Whale Likely Died After Fishing Gear Entanglement

A decomposing North Atlantic right whale carcass recovered from the Edgartown Great Pond Tuesday morning likely died from entanglement with fishing gear, scientists said.

Two Dredges Needed in Edgartown Great Pond This Year

The Edgartown dredge has been called in to help remove a large delta of sand that was Hurricane Sandy's legacy to the Great Pond last year.

Edgartown Great Pond Nitrogen Levels Lead to New Sewer Rules

Island authorities must radically cut nitrogen pollution in the Edgartown Great Pond, state officials told a public hearing Wednesday at Edgartown town hall about the final report from the Massachusetts Estuaries Project.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection held the hearing to discuss the pond’s nitrogen problems and the requirement for a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan to limit nitrogen seeping into it.


Dredge Report: Nessie Makes a Splash

Nessie is her name. A new dredge for the Edgartown Great Pond was launched on Wednesday afternoon before a crowd of 50 friends and riparian owners around the pond. Nessie will begin her work in November by dredging the bottom and helping to improve circulation in the pond. The first project will involve removing a sandbar that has built up in the pond near the site where it is opened to the sea. Dredging the area is expected to make future openings to the sea stay open for longer periods of time. Other dredging projects will follow.