As the national insurance market retreats from areas ravaged by wildfires and storms, Island insurance agents say Martha’s Vineyard is increasingly being considered a risk by the companies writing homeowner policies.

As climate change intensifies and the ocean around the Vineyard rises, scientists and Island officials are concerned that salt water could permeate through the Island’s ground water, threatening the potability of its only source of drinking water.

In a climate change panel hosted by MVY Monday, experts discussed how to strategically plan around rising tides, a concept known as managed retreat.


At a public meeting online Thursday afternoon, engineering consultants will present the findings from their study of Edgartown's vulnerability to sea level rise and storm surge.


Rising seas will pose a significant threat to several parts of Oak Bluffs, according to a detailed report prepared for the town.


Leading coastal scientists, managers and others will gather Monday for a daylong conference at the Harbor View Hotel looking at the Island’s changing coastline, from shifting sands at Katama to managed retreat at Squibnocket.