Ray Ewing / The Vineyard Gazette

MA - Two Foundations Launch Intensive Study of Chimark Pond

Dredging and intensive study are part of a new project for Chilmark Pond, as two foundations have joined forces to develop a science-driven restoration plan for the pond.

The Chilmark Pond Foundation and Edgartown Great Pond Foundation announced a partnership last week aimed at short and long-term work to restore the ecology of the Atlantic-facing Great Pond in Chilmark.

The project will begin with a dredging project to deepen pond coves and aid circulation, a practice that has proven successful in the Edgartown Great Pond in tandem with regular breaching to the sea.

Already under study by the Massachusetts Estuaries Project in recent years for nitrogen impairment, Chilmark Pond came back into the spotlight last summer when the presence of cyanobacteria turned up, sickening at least one person.

“Our ambition to restore the ecological health of Chilmark Pond has become even more urgent with the now regular occurrence of toxic cyanobacteria blooms,” Chilmark Pond Foundation president Allan Holt said in a press release announcing the partnership last week.

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