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barrier beach at chilmark pond by esfdla
December 9, 2010, 10:38 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

An artificial opening is excavated yearly so that the brackish water of Chilmark Pond darkly stained by tannins can reach the ocean and recirculate.  The water depth of the pond is significantly shallower in the months following the yearly opening excavation.














The area is a topographical low point in the area, as made evident by the map above.  The Chilmark Pond area, and the 200 feet of barrier beach are owned by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission.   Surrounded by private property and beaches, the section of beach owned by the Land Bank is only accessible by canoe or kayak via Chilmark Pond.  The area is frequented by bird enthusiasts, swimmers, hikers, and fishermen.  The frequency of use, access point to the public beach, and improved water health justify the yearly to excavation to island residents.

Until next time,



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