Noah Asimow
Health agents and water quality experts have identified cyanobacteria blooms across Martha’s Vineyard, closing parts of Squibnocket Pond and issuing warnings about the toxic blue-green algae.
Cyanobacteria
Squibnocket Pond
Chilmark Pond

2022

The red-grade notice is the strongest health warning that the Island Boards of Health can issue in the event of a cyanobacteria bloom.
Island boards of health, working in conjunction with the Great Pond Foundation, issued the summer’s first cyanobacteria bloom watch notices last week.

2021

Health agents and water quality experts have identified cyanobacteria blooms across Martha’s Vineyard, closing parts of Squibnocket Pond and issuing warnings about the toxic blue-green algae.

2020

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.
When Dr. Jim Haney, a professor of biological science at the University of New Hampshire, first saw the results of cyanobacteria sampling from six of the Island's coastal ponds, he thought there had been a mistake.
Preliminary sampling and analysis from researchers with the University of New Hampshire have revealed high levels of dangerous toxins from cyanobacteriain many of the Island’s ponds.

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