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Misty Stillness. Photo by Vineyard Colors

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Ripples in the Pond. Photo by Emily Reddington

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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.Β 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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We wish you a wonderful start to the season. MV CYANO maps are in and #EdgartownGreatPond is Green βœ…. You are free to move about the pond and enjoy all the joys it provides βš“οΈπŸš£β›΅οΈπŸŠπŸ¦ͺπŸ¦¦πŸ¦†β˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸ–οΈ! Please visit our website for weekly MV CYANO updates and pond πŸ“° 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. πŸ™ #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 βœ…. You are free to move about the pond and enjoy all the joys it provides βš“οΈπŸš£β›΅οΈπŸŠπŸ¦ͺπŸ¦¦πŸ¦†β˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸ–οΈ! Please visit our website for weekly MV CYANO updates and pond πŸ“° 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. πŸ™ #grateful #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #mvcyano #may #memorialday #marthasvineyard #islandlife #mv #mvy #map #summer #startofsummer #greenmeansgo
1 day 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 πŸ“ˆ in the recent news post. Thanks πŸ™ @sully7777777777 for the #drone photo. More of @sully7777777777 β€˜s photos and videos of the cut are featured on our website. Link in bio πŸ‘†πŸ½. #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 πŸ“ˆ in the recent news post. Thanks πŸ™ @sully7777777777 for the #drone photo. More of @sully7777777777 β€˜s photos and videos of the cut are featured on our website. Link in bio πŸ‘†πŸ½. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #barrierbeach #beach #ocean #water
4 weeks ago
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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
1 month 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 πŸ¦€ πŸ¦ͺ. 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 πŸ¦€ πŸ¦ͺ. 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
1 month ago
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4/8
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
1 month 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 πŸ’§ 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 πŸ¦ͺ. We are grateful! A special thanks to Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison for not only being the captain today but also helping with data πŸ“Š 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 πŸ’§ 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 πŸ¦ͺ. We are grateful! A special thanks to Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison for not only being the captain today but also helping with data πŸ“Š 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
2 months ago
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Dredging is underway at #EdgartownGreatPond by the Town of #Edgartown. Each time the cut is open, the tides bring sand into the Pond and a delta of sand builds up on the pond side of the barrier beach. This delta is larger than usual this year because of the extreme #overwash during a series of south-facing strong winter storms. Dredging increases the effectiveness of pond flushes, following cuts because it makes a channel through the delta of sand. A cut is successful in EGP when there are at least 9-11 days of #tidal flush. The Town cuts EGP ~3-4x per year, lowering pond elevation, reducing nutrient pollution, increasing #salinity, and allowing the exchange of creatures between #ocean and #pond. The sand that blocks flushing (dredge spoil) can be used to for coastal resilience projects, combating storm damage due to #erosion. Thank you πŸ™ @sully7777777777 for the beautiful image. #greatpondfoundation #grateful #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #atlanticocean #beach #sand #capeandislands #marthasvineyard #southshore #coastal #coastalresilience #resilience #dredge
Dredging is underway at #EdgartownGreatPond by the Town of #Edgartown. Each time the cut is open, the tides bring sand into the Pond and a delta of sand builds up on the pond side of the barrier beach. This delta is larger than usual this year because of the extreme #overwash during a series of south-facing strong winter storms. Dredging increases the effectiveness of pond flushes, following cuts because it makes a channel through the delta of sand. A cut is successful in EGP when there are at least 9-11 days of #tidal flush. The Town cuts EGP ~3-4x per year, lowering pond elevation, reducing nutrient pollution, increasing #salinity, and allowing the exchange of creatures between #ocean and #pond. The sand that blocks flushing (dredge spoil) can be used to for coastal resilience projects, combating storm damage due to #erosion. Thank you πŸ™ @sully7777777777 for the beautiful image. #greatpondfoundation #grateful #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #atlanticocean #beach #sand #capeandislands #marthasvineyard #southshore #coastal #coastalresilience #resilience #dredge
3 months ago
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The sun is shining after the storm. Areas around #EdgartownGreatPond received about 5 inches πŸ“ of snow ❄️. The wind πŸ’¨ is gusting 21 mph WNW as the sun β˜€οΈ rises above the snowy landscape on this #ValentinesDay #morning. #greatpondfoundation #snow #sky #sunrise #trees #winter #february #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #tisbury #vineyardhaven #oakbluffs #chilmark #westtisbury #aquinnah #capeandislands #morningwalk #snowontrees #outside #getoutside #getoutdoors #clouds
The sun is shining after the storm. Areas around #EdgartownGreatPond received about 5 inches πŸ“ of snow ❄️. The wind πŸ’¨ is gusting 21 mph WNW as the sun β˜€οΈ rises above the snowy landscape on this #ValentinesDay #morning. #greatpondfoundation #snow #sky #sunrise #trees #winter #february #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #tisbury #vineyardhaven #oakbluffs #chilmark #westtisbury #aquinnah #capeandislands #morningwalk #snowontrees #outside #getoutside #getoutdoors #clouds
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Eelgrass in Edgartown Great Pond

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