The Virgin Queen

The reign of the water queen is coming to an end.

Fall brings the last of the fragrant flower of what Texans call the water queen, more commonly known in these parts as water lilies. This aquatic perennial graces many of the Island’s slow-moving fresh water ponds.

You know this plant; its large lily pad leaves with floating flowers resemble few others. One common and one rare variety can be found on the Island. These have white and yellow flowers, respectively.

Algae Harvesting Program Aims to Improve Pond Health

A dozen volunteers gathered at the Lagoon Pond last Saturday morning to do something no one could recall being done on the Vineyard. They came to harvest floating mats of algae in Mud Creek in Vineyard Haven. It was both an experiment and a beginning for an expanding effort to manage and improve the water quality in coastal ponds.

Food That's Good for You, Better for Sea

What do oysters and seaweed have in common?

“Both remove nitrogen,” Woods Hole marine scientist Scott Lindell told a large group that attended his recent talk at the Chilmark Library about a two-year exploratory effort to cultivate seaweed in Waquoit Bay. The $150,000 project will continue through this summer and is funded through the Woods Hole Sea Grant program.

Pond Restoration the Natural Way

A floating raft of plants and flowers bobs atop a pond, quietly removing excess nitrogen.

This is the surface of an aquatic restorer — one of John Todd’s many alternative clean water solutions he described to shellfish constables, harbor masters and others at the Tisbury senior center Thursday evening, in a talk hosted by Tisbury Waterways Inc.