Mill Pond Memories

I remember driving to church from Chilmark to Vineyard Haven with my family when I was a young boy and one of my favorite highlights was driving by the Mill Pond.

Life of the Pond

Now that you have focused us on the brooks and their ponds, let’s keep going and do our best to make the whole system work for all the creatures involved including the people.

No to Action, Yes to Information

Much has been said and written about the West Tisbury Mill Pond in the last decade, as a small group of residents has relentlessly sought money to dredge the pond.

Maintain the Mill Pond

The residents of West Tisbury will be meeting on April 8 to vote on an array of articles applicable to CPC-approved funding for critical initiatives in our town.

Debate Over Mill Pond Continues to Preoccupy West Tisbury

The bucolic pond that graces the entrance to town has been the source of long-running disagreement over environmental management methods. At the annual town meeting next week voters will again consider dredging and a watershed study.

Mill Pond Debate, Decision

At West Tisbury’s annual town meeting on Tuesday, April 8, at the West Tisbury School gym, there will be a warrant article asking the town to vote to use $30,000 of Community Preservation Act funds for design and permitting costs to dredge the Mill Pond.

Town Seeks Mill Pond Study Proposals

The West Tisbury selectmen voted this week to approve a request for proposals (RFP) for a study of the Mill Brook watershed. Drafted by the town conservation commission, the RFP seeks consultants qualified “to prepare and deliver a study of the watershed of Mill Brook,” which includes Mill Pond as well as Fisher Pond, Crocker Pond, and Priester’s Pond and several tributaries. The RFP limits the cost of the proposed study to $15,000, the amount approved by voters at the annual town meeting in April.

A Little Boost for Elvers

Passing by the Mill Pond, I am always struck by its beauty and the variety of wildlife that enjoy its waters all year round: the otters sliding on the ice or diving under water, the ducks and geese

Mill Pond Options

I thank the town of West Tisbury for the opportunity to hear about the different options related to the future of the Mill Pond. I was troubled by the insistence of the Mill Pond committee on dredging the pond, in particular the implication that natural sediments (referred to as black gold) be positioned as a commodity.

Dredging Is Best

The West Tisbury Mill Pond is a biological treasure. To remove the dam would be a biological disaster.