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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 […]


2nd of October 2020

Cyanobacteria

Blue-green algae: Get answers to your questions about cyanobacteria: Is it safe to go in the water? By now, many of you have heard about the recent cyanobacterial sampling conducted by the Marthaโ€™s Vineyard Commission and reported in the yesterdayโ€™s Gazette article.  As a scientific organization, Great Pond Foundation values the role of science in […]


30th of September 2020

Feeding Frenzy

Good Eats in the Pond: Curious what the birds and the big fish are eating in the Great Pond? Scientific Programs Manager and Biologist, Julie Pringle has the answer. Julie studied silversides during her graduate studies at UConn. The diving and feasting birds are a sure sign that there are bigger fish feeding on baitfish. […]


Summer Memories

The Essence of Summer: By Emily Reddington & Liz Olson As we reach the closing days of astronomical summer, many of us have already transitioned to our fall schedules and are yearning for the sweetness of summer. Every season has a time where you experience the peak of its magic—its essence or character. For summer, […]


Tribute to Dave Luening

Dave Luening’s Legacy: It is with profound sadness that we report the loss of our friend and colleague Dave Luening earlier this month. Dave Luening was a towering influence on the Great Pond, serving as a founding director of the Great Pond Foundation, as its president, as a board member throughout, and as a member […]


18th of August 2020

2019 EMR EGP

2019 Ecosystem Monitoring Report – EGP: Beginning with 2019, Great Pond Foundation will be releasing an annual Ecosystem Monitoring Report in addition to our traditional Annual Report. This new report describes the health of Edgartown Great Pond, based upon data from our scientific monitoring program. It contains educational resources such a visual glossary that will […]


12th of August 2020

GPF Annual Report – 2019

Explore our work in the 2019 Annual Report! We are proud to bring you Great Pond Foundation’s Annual Report – 2019. ย Please explore our work and learn about how our work over the last decade has made Edgartown Great Pond a Restoration Success Story. ~ Learn how Dredging Keeps Edgartown Great Pond Alive. ~ Discover […]


10th of August 2020

2020 Zoom Speaker Series: Cocktails and Conversations

Join us for an online speaker series, presented by the Great Pond Foundation Advisory Council. You supply the cocktails; we supply the conversation! Nitrogen: Too Much of a Good Thing Transforming Nitrogen in Your Own Backyard: Green Practices for Greenscapes


3rd of July 2020

Watershed Housing Density

Density Matters: One of the reasons Edgartown Great Pond is among the healthiest Island ponds is because of the very low housing density immediately surrounding it.ย  Properties with frontage on Edgartown Great Pond (EGP) have an average housing density of 212 square feet per acre (367,049 ft2 / 1734 acres). By the same methodology, the […]