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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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It’s a 🦅, it’s a ✈️, no, it’s Edgartown’s Dredge in Edgartown Great Pond! Per the Town of Edgartown’s most recent Dredge Committee meeting, the dredge was launched last week and dredging will commence once the weather window is favorable. Dredging is expected to take about 10 days. This is great news for the health of Edgartown Great Pond! Salinity is critically low and the last several pond cuts have not stayed open long enough for a pond-wide flush that decreases nutrient pollution and increases salinity. EGP is ~4 feet above mean sea level at last check. #greatpondfoundation #edgartowngreatpond #edgartown #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #dredge #dredging #salinity #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #water
It’s a 🦅, it’s a ✈️, no, it’s Edgartown’s Dredge in Edgartown Great Pond! Per the Town of Edgartown’s most recent Dredge Committee meeting, the dredge was launched last week and dredging will commence once the weather window is favorable. Dredging is expected to take about 10 days. This is great news for the health of Edgartown Great Pond! Salinity is critically low and the last several pond cuts have not stayed open long enough for a pond-wide flush that decreases nutrient pollution and increases salinity. EGP is ~4 feet above mean sea level at last check. #greatpondfoundation #edgartowngreatpond #edgartown #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #dredge #dredging #salinity #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #water
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Come work with Great Pond Foundation! GPF is seeking two college students for the Summer Science Internship, and one candidate for a 6-month Field Crew Leader position. These seasonal positions will assist in various capacities with the Ecosystem Monitoring Program, Biodiversity Monitoring Program and the MV CYANO cyanobacteria monitoring program among many other exciting endeavors. Spend your summer studying the coastal waters of Martha’s Vineyard. Visit https://greatpondfoundation.org/jobs/ for application details. #greatpondfoundation #internship #marthasvineyard #summerinternship #job #summerjob #mv #mvy #science #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #mvcyano
Come work with Great Pond Foundation! GPF is seeking two college students for the Summer Science Internship, and one candidate for a 6-month Field Crew Leader position. These seasonal positions will assist in various capacities with the Ecosystem Monitoring Program, Biodiversity Monitoring Program and the MV CYANO cyanobacteria monitoring program among many other exciting endeavors. Spend your summer studying the coastal waters of Martha’s Vineyard. Visit https://greatpondfoundation.org/jobs/ for application details. #greatpondfoundation #internship #marthasvineyard #summerinternship #job #summerjob #mv #mvy #science #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #mvcyano
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Here is some weekend sunshine ☀️ to help wake you up on this dreary Monday. Does anyone else feel like they could use an extra bit of sleep on dark and damp #January mornings? #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #newengland #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #morning #light #morninglight #morningmotivation #monday #water #pond #clouds #getoutside
Here is some weekend sunshine ☀️ to help wake you up on this dreary Monday. Does anyone else feel like they could use an extra bit of sleep on dark and damp #January mornings? #greatpondfoundation #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #newengland #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #morning #light #morninglight #morningmotivation #monday #water #pond #clouds #getoutside
3 weeks ago
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The year is starting off with warmth, sunshine, and abundant beauty. We are grateful to all those who helped us cultivate the resilience of our coastal ponds in 2022. We have a lot in store for 2023 and we need your help. Stay tuned! With gratitude, GPF #greatpondfoundation #grateful #gratitude #resilience #2023 #newyear #january #newyearsday #sunday #sundaywalk #marthasvineyard #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #water #sky #clouds #outside
The year is starting off with warmth, sunshine, and abundant beauty. We are grateful to all those who helped us cultivate the resilience of our coastal ponds in 2022. We have a lot in store for 2023 and we need your help. Stay tuned! With gratitude, GPF #greatpondfoundation #grateful #gratitude #resilience #2023 #newyear #january #newyearsday #sunday #sundaywalk #marthasvineyard #edgartown #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #tisbury #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #capeandislands #water #sky #clouds #outside
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Let it snow! ❄️🌨️❄️We woke up to a winter surprise this morning. We have a bout 4 inches of snow by Edgartown Great Pond and counting. #snow #december #letitsnow #winter #edgartowngreatpond #edgartown #marthasvineyard #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #capeandislands #newengland #mv #mvy #weather
Let it snow! ❄️🌨️❄️We woke up to a winter surprise this morning. We have a bout 4 inches of snow by Edgartown Great Pond and counting. #snow #december #letitsnow #winter #edgartowngreatpond #edgartown #marthasvineyard #massachusettsoutdoors #massachusetts #capeandislands #newengland #mv #mvy #weather
1 month ago
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Great Pond Foundation reimagined its mission in 2022 in order to serve the entire Island Community. We need your support in order fulfill our mission to cultivate the resilience of our coastal pond ecosystems through science, collaboration, and education. For those who have already contributed, thank you🙏. For who have not, please consider making an end of year contribution today. Link in bio 👆. #grateful #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #oakbluffs #aquinnah #chilmark #westtisbury #vineyardhaven #tisbury #chappaquiddick #menemsha #newengland #capeandislands #ocean #beach #coast #atlanticocean #southshore #december #nonprofit #mission #island #islandlife #edgartowngreatpond
Great Pond Foundation reimagined its mission in 2022 in order to serve the entire Island Community. We need your support in order fulfill our mission to cultivate the resilience of our coastal pond ecosystems through science, collaboration, and education. For those who have already contributed, thank you🙏. For who have not, please consider making an end of year contribution today. Link in bio 👆. #grateful #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #edgartown #oakbluffs #aquinnah #chilmark #westtisbury #vineyardhaven #tisbury #chappaquiddick #menemsha #newengland #capeandislands #ocean #beach #coast #atlanticocean #southshore #december #nonprofit #mission #island #islandlife #edgartowngreatpond
1 month ago
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Edgartown Great Pond is no longer open to the #AtlanticOcean. The cut closed early Friday morning, following a Monday cut. The water drained Tuesday into Wednesday and then became tidal on Wednesday. Openings play a critical role in maintaining pond health by increasing salinity/oxygen/clarity and  decreasing nutrient pollution. Preliminary data indicate that salt water reached some regions and depths of the pond, but that overall salinity still remains lower than ideal. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #edgartown #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #vineyard #capeandislands #massachusetts #newengland #beach #barrierbeach #shore #southshore #sand #water #ocean #salinity #salt #december #waterquality 📸 Courtesy of David Bouck
Edgartown Great Pond is no longer open to the #AtlanticOcean. The cut closed early Friday morning, following a Monday cut. The water drained Tuesday into Wednesday and then became tidal on Wednesday. Openings play a critical role in maintaining pond health by increasing salinity/oxygen/clarity and  decreasing nutrient pollution. Preliminary data indicate that salt water reached some regions and depths of the pond, but that overall salinity still remains lower than ideal. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #edgartown #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #vineyard #capeandislands #massachusetts #newengland #beach #barrierbeach #shore #southshore #sand #water #ocean #salinity #salt #december #waterquality 📸 Courtesy of David Bouck
Edgartown Great Pond is no longer open to the #AtlanticOcean. The cut closed early Friday morning, following a Monday cut. The water drained Tuesday into Wednesday and then became tidal on Wednesday. Openings play a critical role in maintaining pond health by increasing salinity/oxygen/clarity and  decreasing nutrient pollution. Preliminary data indicate that salt water reached some regions and depths of the pond, but that overall salinity still remains lower than ideal. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #edgartown #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #vineyard #capeandislands #massachusetts #newengland #beach #barrierbeach #shore #southshore #sand #water #ocean #salinity #salt #december #waterquality 📸 Courtesy of David Bouck
Edgartown Great Pond is no longer open to the #AtlanticOcean. The cut closed early Friday morning, following a Monday cut. The water drained Tuesday into Wednesday and then became tidal on Wednesday. Openings play a critical role in maintaining pond health by increasing salinity/oxygen/clarity and decreasing nutrient pollution. Preliminary data indicate that salt water reached some regions and depths of the pond, but that overall salinity still remains lower than ideal. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #edgartown #edgartowngreatpond #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy #oakbluffs #vineyardhaven #westtisbury #chilmark #aquinnah #vineyard #capeandislands #massachusetts #newengland #beach #barrierbeach #shore #southshore #sand #water #ocean #salinity #salt #december #waterquality 📸 Courtesy of David Bouck
2 months ago
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Are you ready for some 🧬science? Please join us for a presentation of the Dave and Doris Luening Pond Sustainability Series with a talk by Dr. Caroline Fortunato entitled “Determining the Microbial Biogeography of Great Ponds”. Details on our website and via link in our bio 👆. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #cyanobacteria #mvcyano #chilmarkpond #science #dna #speakerseries #pondsustainability #micro #microbes #microbial #bluegreenalgae #water #hab #harmfulalgalbloom #scienceiscool #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy
Are you ready for some 🧬science? Please join us for a presentation of the Dave and Doris Luening Pond Sustainability Series with a talk by Dr. Caroline Fortunato entitled “Determining the Microbial Biogeography of Great Ponds”. Details on our website and via link in our bio 👆. #greatpondfoundation #greatpond #cyanobacteria #mvcyano #chilmarkpond #science #dna #speakerseries #pondsustainability #micro #microbes #microbial #bluegreenalgae #water #hab #harmfulalgalbloom #scienceiscool #marthasvineyard #mv #mvy
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Eelgrass in Edgartown Great Pond

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