MV CYANO

MV CYANO is a collaborative initiative among Island Boards of Health and scientists from Great Pond Foundation to bring a first of its kind cyanobacteria monitoring program to Martha’s Vineyard. Cyanobacteria, a.k.a. blue-green algae, are a group of microorganisms found in all Vineyard waters. When cyanobacteria grow rapidly or bloom, they can produce cyanotoxins, which when concentrated, can cause adverse health effects in humans, pets, or livestock who wade in or ingest blooming waters.

In 2021 this coordinated pilot program will monitor cyanobacteria presence and potential for toxic blooms in Chilmark Pond, Tisbury Great Pond, Edgartown Great Pond, and Crackatuxet Cove. Updates will be posted on a weekly basis on respective Town, Chilmark Pond Foundation, and Great Pond Foundation, websites. 

Learn about MV CYANO on the Vineyard Current.
Watch a Zoom presentation Introducing MV CYANO.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Great Pond Foundation scientific staff collect & analyze environmental and cyanobacteria data weekly
  2. Data and analyses are sent to Island Boards of Health for review
  3. Island Boards of Health use Massachusetts and EPA recreational limits and issue public health recommendations
  4. MV CYANO releases coordinated color-coded maps indicating the cyanobacteria bloom risk level and associated recommendations as seen on the right –>
  5. Signage will also be posted along pond shores if YELLOW, ORANGE, or RED risk levels are present.

OUR PARTNERS

This program was developed through a collaboration of Island Boards of Health

with scientific and financial support provided by

Edgartown Great Pond

For more information contact:

Chilmark Pond

For more information please contact:

Tisbury Great Pond

For more information please contact:

Crackatuxet Cove

For more information:

Squibnocket Pond

This cyanobacteria bloom was first reported by Martha’s Vineyard Commission staff using CyanoCasting.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

If you have come into contact with a cyanobacteria bloom and are having adverse health symptoms, please contact your physician immediately. Please also follow up with your local board of health.

If your pet or livestock has come in contact with a cyanobacteria bloom, please contact your veterinarian immediately. Please also follow up with your local board of health.

For blooms in Edgartown Great Pond, or within the Town of Edgartown:

Matt Poole, Edgartown Board of Health Agent | p: 508.627.6120 | e: mpoole@edgartown-ma.us

For blooms in Tisbury Great Pond, or within the Towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark:

Omar Johnson, West Tisbury Board of Health Agent | p: 508.696.0105 | e: boh@westtisbury-ma.gov

Marina Lent, Chilmark Board of Health Administrator | p: 508.645.2105 | e: boh@chilmarkma.gov

For blooms in Chilmark Pond, or within the Town of Chilmark:

Marina Lent, Chilmark Board of Health Administrator | p: 508.645.2105 | e: boh@chilmarkma.gov

For blooms within the Town of Aquinnah:

Karen Columbo, Aquinnah Board of Health Agent | p: 508.645.2309 | e: boh-assistant@aquinnah-ma.gov