Martha’s Vineyard Homeowner Cited for Illegal Dredging

Vineyard Gazette Online: In what conservation commission leaders are calling the worst violation they have seen in decades, a West Chop homeowner has been cited for dredging a pond and filling a wetland without permission. The property is owned by Mary Howell of Arlingon, Virginia, and Vineyard Haven.

On February 11, Tisbury conservation agent Jane Varkonda made a site visit to the property where she saw and took photographs of excavating equipment owned by contractor Steve Handy that had filled wetlands and dredged the Mink Meadows Pond in an apparent effort to eradicate phragmites near the Howell property. Mrs. Varkonda also observed a large pile of excavated fill at the edge of the pond.

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Curiously, on the nearby island of Nantucket, the Nantucket Land Bank has received permits to begin the systematic removal of phragmites plants (an invasive species) from Consue Springs to restore scenic vistas of Nantucket Harbor and The Creeks.

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