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Great Pond Foundation
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October 19, 2020
"The water that divides us from the mainland, unites us as a community. Martha’s Vineyard is celebrated for abundant and beautiful natural spaces, but one of our greatest assets is our strong and resilient community. Our physical isolation from the mainland reminds us of the essential role our community and its resources play in our ability to respond in times of crisis."

Emily Reddington | Executive Director

-excerpt from Gazette Commentary

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 the Great Pond and assure that future generations can experience the profound natural beauty and thriving ecosystem that Dave and his family fell in love with 50 years ago.

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Christopher Gobler, an expert in cyanobacteria and coastal pond health.
Cyanobacteria & Pond Health

Get your questions about cyanobacteria and health answered by an expert in coastal pond health and harmful algal blooms. Dr. Christopher Gobler and his team at the Gobler Laboratory study, monitor, and communicate about the health of 30+ Long Island coastal ponds. Many of these brackish (salt + fresh) ecosystems are analagous to our southshore Vineyard ponds, located along a barrier beach which is manually breached to allow ocean flushing.

Dr. Gobler conducts research on plankton ecology, with a broad focus on the factors that promote phytoplankton growth (organic and inorganic nutrients), as well as factors that are responsible for algal mortality (zooplankton, viruses, filter-feeding bivalves) in diverse aquatic ecosystems. A primary focus of the lab within the field of plankton ecology has been the study of harmful algal blooms (HABs).

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Protect the Pond & The Planet
Restoring our coastal ecosystems is local conservation with at global impact. Eelgrass meadows in Edgartown Great Pond sequester more carbon than tropical rainforests. This carbon captured by coastal marine ecosystems is called BLUE CARBON.