Martha’s Vineyard Wrestles with Salt Pond Pollution

Kayakers enjoying Sengekontacket Pond. Photo courtesy Mass Audubon/Felix Neck. Town officials in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Tisbury face a daunting environmental task if they are to restore the health of 3 popular salt ponds. The task is outlined in 3 reports presented last week that describe goals to improve water quality in Farm Pond, Sengekontacket Pond, and Lagoon Pond.

State scientists say that if they fail, the ponds may deteriorate to the point where very little aquatic life can survive, boaters will have to navigate through an unsightly algae scum, and shoreline homeowners will have to endure awful smells.

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