More Natural Buffers Sought for Great Salt Pond

Sunset over Great Salt Pond. Photo courtesy Block Island Tourism Council/Michael Melford
Sunset over Great Salt Pond. Photo courtesy Block Island Tourism Council/Michael Melford

Block Island Times: Committee for the Great Salt Pond (CGSP) President Sven Risom announced a new initiative, The Watershed Protection Program, at the organization’s annual meeting on Sunday, September 15.

The goal of the Watershed Protection Program is to establish proper land management practices that support the health of the pond. To this end, Risom said the CGSP is starting an education program that will focus on proper watershed and buffer management, as well as identifying points upstream from the pond that could be impacting water quality.

The term “buffer” refers to the planting of appropriate vegetation that will limit soil erosion and provide a protective barrier to the run-off of soil and nutrients into the pond. Risom noted that discussions often center on sewers, roads and other impervious surfaces, and fertilizers, but not the less obvious landscaping issues.

Read more about the Great Salt Pond initiative.