What we do in Water Resources

The Water Resources Department collects water samples from many of the Island's ponds to ensure a sustainable and safe level of water quality across the Island. With the information we collect we can suggest management decisions and share data with the public, to learn more about our local ponds and their information see Island Ponds- Coastal and Freshwater. In addition to sampling the salt and freshwater ponds and water bodies of the Island, we participate in a number of projects to alleviate pressure on our waters and to improve water quality, these include distribution of shellfish and eelgrass, removal of invasive and harmful species and implementation of systems to reduce nitrogen and pollutant input into our waters. If you'd like to learn more about why we should preserve our water resources check out our challenges page. 

Our Collaborators

Since its inception, the Martha's Vineyard Commission has worked actively to analyze and protect the Island’s water resources. This has been done in close relation with towns and a number of agencies. The MVC collects water table data and provides it to the US Geological Survey, where it is posted on their website, and it provides water table data to the Town Water Departments in Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Eelgrass studies and water quality assessments have involved working partnerships with the Shellfish Departments in Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Edgartown. Also, the Commission is a technical advisor to the Friends of Sengekontacket, the Tisbury Waterways, Inc., the Lagoon Pond Association, the Riparian Owners of Tisbury Great Pond, the Edgartown Ponds Advisory Committee and the Squibnocket Pond District Advisory Committee.

We could not complete all of our sampling without great interns every summer. Learn more about just a few of the interns we've had over the years!

Other projects

Office location:

Office location:

The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

Mailing address:

Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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