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5th of March 2021

EGP Cut Update

The Pond Is Open & Tidal: Following a breach of the barrier beach on Sunday February 28th, Edgartown Great Pond (EGP) remains open, tidal, and connected to the Atlantic Ocean. There are 2 phases to an opening: 1) Drainage and 2) Tidal Exchange. Prior to the cut, EGP was ~4 feet above sea level and […]


26th of February 2021

EGP Cut & Dredging Update

Pond Cut Scheduled for Weekend: The current elevation of Edgartown Great Pond is ~4 feet above sea level. Pond cuts are possible when EGP is ≥ 3.5 feet above sea level. Shellfish Constable, Paul Bagnall, announced Monday afternoon at the meeting of the Edgartown Board of Selectmen that the Town of Edgartown has scheduled an […]


22nd of February 2021

Press Release: GPF & MBL

Trio of Ponds Partner with MBL


28th of January 2021

Great Pond Cut Update

High Water on EGP: Curious about the timing of the next cut?  The Town of Edgartown launched its dredge in Edgartown Great Pond on Monday January 25th, 2021. The dredge needs a high elevation pond for launch, operation, and hauling out.  As such, the Town plans to open EGP as soon as the dredging is […]


GPF Board Changes

After over two decades of service, Brendan O’Neill, Executive Director of the Vineyard Conservation Society, has stepped down from the Great Pond Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Brendan’s vast knowledge of Island ecosystems, both environmental and political, has informed and guided the work of our Foundation.  We are all deeply indebted to Brendan for the generosity […]


27th of January 2021

Winter Dredging

Edgartown to Dredge EGP: The Town of Edgartown launched its dredge into Edgartown Great Pond on Monday, January 25, 2021 in preparation for dredging of the Pond. The Town of Edgartown holds a comprehensive dredging permit in Edgartown and there are currently two areas in the Great Pond where dredging is permitted: 1) the delta […]


16th of December 2020

Drawn to Water

Why are people drawn to water? By Emily Reddington Sunrise over the Pond in December is a dynamic watercolor painting with ever-increasing light.  Since adopting a puppy this fall, I have seen my fair share of sunrises.  One morning three otters gathered near the pond shore, the first carried a fish in its mouth and […]


30th of November 2020

Joint Press Release: GPF & CPF

Partnering to Protect Island Waters


25th of November 2020

Giving Thanks

The November cut of Edgartown Great Pond lasted ~10 days, following an 11/7 opening. The Pond drained effectively, as the water level is much lower, and the cut stayed open long enough for it to become tidal and be flushed with saltwater from the ocean. As of today the salinity is about 18-19 ppt (parts […]


19th of October 2020

Cyanobacteria & Pond Health

Dave and Doris Luening Pond Sustainability Series: In honor of Dave Luening and his immeasurable and enduring contributions to Edgartown Great Pond, Great Pond Foundation establishes the Dave and Doris Luening Pond Sustainability Series. The purpose of this annual speaker series is to inform and unite the community in order to support the sustained protection of […]