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19th of July 2024


2023 ANNUAL MV CYANO PRESENTATION MV CYANO is a collaborative initiative among Island Boards of Health and scientists from Great Pond Foundation to monitor cyanobacteria on Marthaโ€™s Vineyard.  Watch the MV CYANO presentation from 06/05/2024 of 2023 season data. Special thanks to grants given by the Edey Foundation in support of MV CYANO program and […]


SUMMER CUT PLANNED! The question on everyoneโ€™s mind seems to be whether or not there will be a summer cut of Edgartown Great Pond. Edgartown Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison, confirmed today, that EGP will be cut to the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, July 20th! EGP is 3.71 feet above mean sea level as of Wednesday. […]

Save the Date: Nitrogen!

Save the Date: Nitrogen! Please join Great Pond Foundation and Chilmark Pond Foundation for a joint presentation of the Dave and Doris Luening Pond Sustainability Series. Dr. Javier Lloret of the Marine Biological Laboratory will present the latest data on groundwater NITROGEN around Chilmark Pond and Edgartown Great Pond. Don’t miss this Zoom presentation, the […]

11th of July 2024


TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT? Edgartown Great Pond is currently quite high at 3.57 feet above LMSL. GPF is in regular communication with the Town of Edgartown’s Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison, specifically with elevation and water quality data. We know there is the will to cut the Pond, but so far, no date has […]

10th of July 2024


Special Screening of Circuit Films Episode 2: GREAT PONDS: FINDING A BETTER BALANCE at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury July 10th @ 5:30pm July 17th @ 7pm July 24th @ 7:30pm In this second episode of Circuit Filmsโ€™ Great Ponds docuseries, Marthaโ€™s Vineyardโ€™s coastal ponds continue to be adversely affected by the rising sea-level […]

3rd of July 2024

Beach Seine Day July 14th

Join us for a beach seine net event @ State Beach Little Bridge POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, JULY 14TH! Saturday, July 13, 10:00 โ€“ 11:30 am (Rain date Sunday, July 14th) We will catch fish, crabs, and many other pond creatures! Purchase of the Seine net was made possible by an impact grant awarded by Martha’s […]

3rd of June 2024

MV CYANO Zoom Meeting

MV CYANO Wednesday June 5, 2024 In 2021 the Great Pond Foundation began a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring program called MV CYANO; the program actively measured cyanobacteria concentrations in Edgartown Great Pond, Chilmark Pond, Tisbury Great Pond and Crackatuxet Pond. MV CYANO data were released weekly to the respective Town Boards of Health and […]

30th of April 2024

Spring Update

Spring Update Edgartown Great Pond is a brackish pond, which means it is a combination of saltwater and freshwater. EGP is a living ecosystem that depends on regular and effective seawater flushes for its survival. When the pond is open to the ocean, cool, clean, and salty seawater infuses EGP with salt. Salinity is a […]

A Legacy of Conservation and Regenerative Farming

In 2015 Bob Woodruff retired from Great Pond Foundation after many years as the Director of Science and Education. Bob has a wealth of knowledge and was the creator of the Island’s first Earth Day. We hope that you will join MV Museum as they host Bob and his son Andrew on Wednesday May 1st […]

MVY Radio Interview with David Bouck

Take a listen to Great Pond Foundation’s Director of Science and Collaboration, David Bouck, as he speaks about some of the issues facing the ponds of Martha’s Vineyard in this 2 part series with Perry Dripps of MVY Radio.