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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 […]

2nd of October 2020


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 Martha’s Vineyard Commission and reported in the yesterday’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 Every year as the sun sets and the Sturgeon Moon rises over Edgartown Great Pond, neighbors from around the Pond meet on kayaks to celebrate summer. This annual gathering is an occasion to soak in the essence of summer and celebrate the natural world.  The […]