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Mission Statement

To cultivate the resilience of our coastal pond ecosystems through science, collaboration, and education.

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About Us

Established in 1998, Great Pond Foundation leads in estuary science and restoration, using data generated by our programs for informed pond management. Our team builds strong partnerships with neighbors; fostering learning and expertise; and sharing tools and techniques. The coastal ponds of Martha’s Vineyard are globally rare, ecologically fragile, treasures whose preservation and restoration are fundamental to the Island’s long-term sustainability. The Island depends on clean and healthy coastal waters to feed families and support the local economy. These living waters define both the spirit and the character of our community.

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Meet Niccola and Teaghan, 2️⃣ members of our field crew! Whether in the 🚤 field (1st photo) or in the 🧪 lab (2nd photo), these hardworking and intelligent individuals collect the data 📊 you see in our work. Welcome Niccola and welcome back Teaghan!  #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #summer #science #fieldwork #internship #water #boat #lab #june #stem #stemeducation
Meet Niccola and Teaghan, 2️⃣ members of our field crew! Whether in the 🚤 field (1st photo) or in the 🧪 lab (2nd photo), these hardworking and intelligent individuals collect the data 📊 you see in our work. Welcome Niccola and welcome back Teaghan!  #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #summer #science #fieldwork #internship #water #boat #lab #june #stem #stemeducation
Meet Niccola and Teaghan, 2️⃣ members of our field crew! Whether in the 🚤 field (1st photo) or in the 🧪 lab (2nd photo), these hardworking and intelligent individuals collect the data 📊 you see in our work. Welcome Niccola and welcome back Teaghan! #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #summer #science #fieldwork #internship #water #boat #lab #june #stem #stemeducation
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A cyanobacteria🦠 bloom was detected in Middle Chilmark Pond on, Tuesday, June 4th. The Chilmark Board of Health has issued a red bloom 🔴 “ADVISORY” for Middle Chilmark Pond. Please follow health advisory guidelines and avoid ingesting water and all other activities per the bloom “ADVISORY” see red sign. The other regions of the Pond remain in green status 🟢 “BLOOM NOT DETECTED”, with no restrictions to activities. Thanks to Chilmark Pond Foundation, weekly cyanobacteria monitoring of all regions of Chilmark Pond will continue into the fall. #chilmarkpondfoundation #chilmarkpond #mvcyano #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah  #june #marthasvineyard  #mvy #mv #capeandislands  #greatpondfoundation #collaboration #healthadvisory
A cyanobacteria🦠 bloom was detected in Middle Chilmark Pond on, Tuesday, June 4th. The Chilmark Board of Health has issued a red bloom 🔴 “ADVISORY” for Middle Chilmark Pond. Please follow health advisory guidelines and avoid ingesting water and all other activities per the bloom “ADVISORY” see red sign. The other regions of the Pond remain in green status 🟢 “BLOOM NOT DETECTED”, with no restrictions to activities. Thanks to Chilmark Pond Foundation, weekly cyanobacteria monitoring of all regions of Chilmark Pond will continue into the fall. #chilmarkpondfoundation #chilmarkpond #mvcyano #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah  #june #marthasvineyard  #mvy #mv #capeandislands  #greatpondfoundation #collaboration #healthadvisory
A cyanobacteria🦠 bloom was detected in Middle Chilmark Pond on, Tuesday, June 4th. The Chilmark Board of Health has issued a red bloom 🔴 “ADVISORY” for Middle Chilmark Pond. Please follow health advisory guidelines and avoid ingesting water and all other activities per the bloom “ADVISORY” see red sign. The other regions of the Pond remain in green status 🟢 “BLOOM NOT DETECTED”, with no restrictions to activities. Thanks to Chilmark Pond Foundation, weekly cyanobacteria monitoring of all regions of Chilmark Pond will continue into the fall. #chilmarkpondfoundation #chilmarkpond #mvcyano #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah  #june #marthasvineyard  #mvy #mv #capeandislands  #greatpondfoundation #collaboration #healthadvisory
A cyanobacteria🦠 bloom was detected in Middle Chilmark Pond on, Tuesday, June 4th. The Chilmark Board of Health has issued a red bloom 🔴 “ADVISORY” for Middle Chilmark Pond. Please follow health advisory guidelines and avoid ingesting water and all other activities per the bloom “ADVISORY” see red sign. The other regions of the Pond remain in green status 🟢 “BLOOM NOT DETECTED”, with no restrictions to activities. Thanks to Chilmark Pond Foundation, weekly cyanobacteria monitoring of all regions of Chilmark Pond will continue into the fall. #chilmarkpondfoundation #chilmarkpond #mvcyano #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #june #marthasvineyard #mvy #mv #capeandislands #greatpondfoundation #collaboration #healthadvisory
3 weeks ago
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We wish you a wonderful start to the season. MV CYANO maps are in and #EdgartownGreatPond is Green ✅. You are free to move about the pond and enjoy all the joys it provides ⚓️🚣⛵️🏊🦪🦦🦆☀️🌊🏖️! Please visit our website for weekly MV CYANO updates and pond 📰 news. We are grateful to the #Island Boards of Health for all they do to keep us safe. We also appreciate the Town of #Edgartown and their #Shellfish and #Dredge departments for their proactive management of this incredible #ecosystem. 🙏 #grateful #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #mvcyano #may #memorialday #marthasvineyard #islandlife #mv #mvy #map #summer #startofsummer #greenmeansgo
We wish you a wonderful start to the season. MV CYANO maps are in and #EdgartownGreatPond is Green ✅. You are free to move about the pond and enjoy all the joys it provides ⚓️🚣⛵️🏊🦪🦦🦆☀️🌊🏖️! Please visit our website for weekly MV CYANO updates and pond 📰 news. We are grateful to the #Island Boards of Health for all they do to keep us safe. We also appreciate the Town of #Edgartown and their #Shellfish and #Dredge departments for their proactive management of this incredible #ecosystem. 🙏 #grateful #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #mvcyano #may #memorialday #marthasvineyard #islandlife #mv #mvy #map #summer #startofsummer #greenmeansgo
4 weeks ago
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Spring Update, MV Museum Event, and Interview with David on MVY Radio! Check out our website for full details. The spring cut of Edgartown Great Pond lasted 8 days. Check out the salinity and elevation data 📈 in the recent news post. Thanks 🙏 @sully7777777777 for the #drone photo. More of @sully7777777777 ‘s photos and videos of the cut are featured on our website. Link in bio 👆🏽. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #barrierbeach #beach #ocean #water
Spring Update, MV Museum Event, and Interview with David on MVY Radio! Check out our website for full details. The spring cut of Edgartown Great Pond lasted 8 days. Check out the salinity and elevation data 📈 in the recent news post. Thanks 🙏 @sully7777777777 for the #drone photo. More of @sully7777777777 ‘s photos and videos of the cut are featured on our website. Link in bio 👆🏽. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #barrierbeach #beach #ocean #water
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The great ponds of Martha’s Vineyard are precious and rare. Join us Wednesday, April 24th at 5pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum to understand these ecosystems and learn practical steps we can make individually and as a community to protect them. If you are wondering what you can do, this is event is for you. Register at mvmuseum.org/events #greatpond #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #ecosystem #event #science #practicalsteps #pondtalk #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #edgartown #oakbluffs #westtisbury #aquinnah @circuitartsmv @wampanoagnrd @mvmuseum @circuitfilms
The great ponds of Martha’s Vineyard are precious and rare. Join us Wednesday, April 24th at 5pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum to understand these ecosystems and learn practical steps we can make individually and as a community to protect them. If you are wondering what you can do, this is event is for you. Register at mvmuseum.org/events #greatpond #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #ecosystem #event #science #practicalsteps #pondtalk #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #edgartown #oakbluffs #westtisbury #aquinnah @circuitartsmv @wampanoagnrd @mvmuseum @circuitfilms
2 months ago
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Edgartown Great Pond was cut to the #AtlanticOcean today by the Town of #Edgartown. The pre-cut elevation of EGP was quite high and with the recent #dredging by the Town and today’s fair weather, we have our 🤞 for an excellent cut and flush. The Pond requires 9-11 days of tidal flush to maximize the exchange of pond and sea 🌊. The #spring cut has an oversized influence on the health of the ecosystem throughout the year. Let’s all hope for an excellent cut that increases the salinity and water clarity while decreasing the nutrient pollution and temperature. Spring is also an important time for biological species exchange between pond and #ocean 🐟. The Great Ponds serve as nurseries for many animals 🦀 🦪. Thanks @sully7777777777 for these #drone images! #greatpondfoundation #edgartowngreatpond #beach #ocean #tide #tidal #barrierbeach #southshore #massachusetts #capeandislands #marthasvineyardlife #islandstyle #pond #pondmanagement #dronephotography #sand #shore #oakbluffs #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #westtisbury #aquinnah #marthavineyard
Edgartown Great Pond was cut to the #AtlanticOcean today by the Town of #Edgartown. The pre-cut elevation of EGP was quite high and with the recent #dredging by the Town and today’s fair weather, we have our 🤞 for an excellent cut and flush. The Pond requires 9-11 days of tidal flush to maximize the exchange of pond and sea 🌊. The #spring cut has an oversized influence on the health of the ecosystem throughout the year. Let’s all hope for an excellent cut that increases the salinity and water clarity while decreasing the nutrient pollution and temperature. Spring is also an important time for biological species exchange between pond and #ocean 🐟. The Great Ponds serve as nurseries for many animals 🦀 🦪. Thanks @sully7777777777 for these #drone images! #greatpondfoundation #edgartowngreatpond #beach #ocean #tide #tidal #barrierbeach #southshore #massachusetts #capeandislands #marthasvineyardlife #islandstyle #pond #pondmanagement #dronephotography #sand #shore #oakbluffs #tisbury #vineyardhaven #chilmark #westtisbury #aquinnah #marthavineyard
2 months ago
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Cut News 🌊, Welcome Maria, and Pond Event! - EGP to be cut soon following storm, Great Pond event at MV Museum, and Welcome Maria Ventura to the GPF team! Full details in our newsletter and on our website. Link in bio ☝️. 
#greatpondfoundation #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #mvy #mv #capeandislands #atlanticocean #barrierbeach #atlanticocean #beach #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #marthasvineyardlife #islandlife #sand #coast
Cut News 🌊, Welcome Maria, and Pond Event! - EGP to be cut soon following storm, Great Pond event at MV Museum, and Welcome Maria Ventura to the GPF team! Full details in our newsletter and on our website. Link in bio ☝️. #greatpondfoundation #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #mvy #mv #capeandislands #atlanticocean #barrierbeach #atlanticocean #beach #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #marthasvineyardlife #islandlife #sand #coast
2 months ago
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Great Pond Foundation is conducting off-season sampling thanks to a grant from the Edey Foundation. The conditions of the pond before summer have a large impact on the health of the ecosystem throughout the growing season. Our science staff is measuring 💧 water quality, phytoplankton (including cyanobacteria), nitrogen and phosphorus, and the state of the eelgrass. Our boat 🚤 is not in the water this time of year, so this trip was only possible thanks to the help of the Edgartown Shellfish Department and the @mvshellfishgroup 🦪. We are grateful! A special thanks to Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison for not only being the captain today but also helping with data 📊 collection. It was an added bonus to be able to see the dredging underway by the Town of Edgartown. The dredge crew is removing the sand that limits pond flushes and making it available for beach renourishment projects on the south shore. #greatpondfoundation #Edgartown greatpond #dredge #sand #beach #water #ocean #coast #greatpond #grateful #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy
Great Pond Foundation is conducting off-season sampling thanks to a grant from the Edey Foundation. The conditions of the pond before summer have a large impact on the health of the ecosystem throughout the growing season. Our science staff is measuring 💧 water quality, phytoplankton (including cyanobacteria), nitrogen and phosphorus, and the state of the eelgrass. Our boat 🚤 is not in the water this time of year, so this trip was only possible thanks to the help of the Edgartown Shellfish Department and the @mvshellfishgroup 🦪. We are grateful! A special thanks to Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison for not only being the captain today but also helping with data 📊 collection. It was an added bonus to be able to see the dredging underway by the Town of Edgartown. The dredge crew is removing the sand that limits pond flushes and making it available for beach renourishment projects on the south shore. #greatpondfoundation #Edgartown greatpond #dredge #sand #beach #water #ocean #coast #greatpond #grateful #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy
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Eelgrass in Edgartown Great Pond

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