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Great Pond Foundation
2019 Reports
August 12, 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

Sustainable Leadership, Pond Health, & Dredging Matters

We hope you enjoy our 2019 reports and find them both informative and educational. 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 be useful for ponds Island-wide.

Regular breaches of the barrier beach allow the clean, cool, and salty seawater to refresh EGP--reducing nitrogen, increasing salinity, and allowing life to flow between ocean and esturary.
What You Will Discover Inside

Annual Message

Dredging Keeps the Great Pond Alive

Sustainable Leadership

Education & Outreach

Introducing GPF Advisory Council

Pond Reflections: Over Fifty Years on the Great Pond with Dave Luening

and much more!

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Virtual Speaker Series
This is a casual and interactive series intended to inform stakeholders about ways to reduce our impact on Edgartown Great Pond and other local waters. You bring the cocktails, we'll provide the conversation.
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Ecosystem Monitoring Report
The Pond was cut 3 times in 2019, and each opening was considered successful based on duration and the increase in salinity seen throughout the Pond. July 2019 was unusually hot, while an algal bloom occurred in August...
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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.