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10th of March 2023

EGP March Cut

Edgartown Great Pond to Be Cut Saturday Edgartown Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison, confirmed today, Friday, that Edartown Great Pond will be cut to the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday morning, March 11th, 2023. Salinity remains critically low and the last several pond cuts have not stayed open long enough for a pond-wide flush that decreases nutrient […]

7th of February 2023

Dredging EGP 2022

Per the Town of Edgartown’s Dredge Committee meeting, the Town’s dredge was launched into Edgartown Great Pond in late January. Dredging commenced Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 once the weather window was favorable. This is great news for the health of Edgartown Great Pond! Salinity is critically low and the last several pond cuts have not […]


You’re invited! Join GPF scientists, Island health agents, and pond community members to discuss cyanobacteria blooms and monitoring in 2022…plus plans for 2023. In 2022 coastal ponds showed more algal growth than 2021 and this followed the trend region-wide. Cyanobacteria blooms are also know as cyanoHABs, as they are one type of Harmful Algal Blooms. […]

14th of July 2022

Beach Seine

~Beach Seine Science Days~ Summer 2024 Join us for a beach seine @ State Beach Little Bridge Saturday, July 13, 10:00 – 11:30 am (Rain date Sunday, July 14th) We’ll catch fish, crabs, and many other pond creatures! Great Pond Foundation is continuing our commitment to education by hosting Beach Seine Science Days in summer […]

23rd of June 2022

Bird Deaths on Island Beaches

Dozens of birds have recently been falling ill to an unknown cause, many of whom share our shoreline and call it home. Gulls, eiders, and cormorants are some of the few that have “appear[ed] sick, injured, or deceased” according to state officials. Please don’t touch the birds and report any sightings to the state of […]

27th of May 2022

Wastewater Nitrogen Study

Nitrogen Sources in Island Great Ponds: A new study by Marine Biological Laboratory Scientists in collaboration with Great Pond Foundation identifies wastewater and the greatest contributor of nitrogen to 4 great ponds along the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard. Nitrogen from wastewater accounts for over half of the nitrogen in Edgartown Great Pond, Tisbury Great […]

Spring Cut Update

When will EGP be cut next? Edgartown Great Pond was opened to the Atlantic Ocean the Town of Edgartown on Monday April 4th, 2022. The pond drained and then remained tidal for about 24 hours. Per Edgartown Shellfish Constable, Rob Morrison, the official opening duration was 5 days. The salinity of Edgartown Great Pond did […]

10th of March 2022

Changing of the Guard

At the Helm of Great Pond Management: After decades of service to the Town of Edgartown’s shellfish and waters, longtime Edgartown Shellfish Constable, Paul Bagnall has retired. We want to wish him a fond farewell and the best of luck now that he has more time for all the bests parts of life on the […]

Celebrating Women of Science

GPF Women of Science on MVYRadio’s Night Casts March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating women of science with the help of the wise and wonderful woman of words, MVYRadio’s Laurel Redington. Great Pond Foundation is lucky to have three female scientists on staff: Communications Coordinator – Erin Hepfner, Scientific Program Director – […]

2nd of February 2022

Congratulations Julie!

GPF’s New Scientific Program Director: We are proud to announce that in January, Julie Pringle, formerly GPF’s Scientific Program manager, was promoted to Scientific Program Director. Fortuitously, Julie joined on team on Earth Day 2019. Since becoming a member of our scientific staff, Julie has expanded the Foundation’s scientific capacity, both in terms of the […]