Adam Turner Takes the Helm
Wetland Elevation Monitoring Program
MVC Coastal Planner Jo-Ann Taylor (left in photo) has set up the first pilot monitoring station in what we hope will be an Island-Wide Wetland Elevation Monitoring Program. It was set up at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Sengekontacket Pond. Felix Neck Executive Director Suzan Bellencampi is to the right in the photo. The aim is to ascertain how successfully wetlands respond to sea-level rise by measuring the gain in elevation. This is the first in a series of permanent installations of monitoring rods that will be installed in monitoring stations around the Island. The equipment allows for measuring the wetland elevations at each of these locations, generally on at least an annual basis, with an instrument known as Rod-SET survey armature.
It will help develop understanding of what conditions allow healthy wetlands to gain elevation through growth, and to look at alternative ways to preserve wetlands where this is not possible, such as by protecting upland areas to allow the wetlands to migrate over time.The first Rod-SET installation was funded by the Friends of Sengekontacket and the site hosted by Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. Purchase of the monitoring head to take the measurements around the Island was funded by the Edey Foundation.
For more information, contact Jo-Ann Taylor, MVC Coastal Planner, at taylor [at] mvcommission.org.
Martha's Vineyard Transportation Documents Approved
On July 16, 2015, the Martha's Vineyard Commission approved three transportation documents. (Note: The links below are to the final, endorsed versions of the documents.)
- Martha's Vineyard Transportation Plan: The Island’s long-range transportation plan sets goals and strategies, and works within estimated federal and state funding to establish priorities for improvements to the Island transportation systems. All travel modes are covered: air, water, roads, bus, taxi, bicycle, and walking. It was prepared in collaboration with citizens, towns, the VTA, and others. Here are the results of the MVTP Transportation Survey carried out in conjunction with this planning process.
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): The TIP is the short-range program of transportation projects or programs to be implemented in the next four years (based on the federal fiscal year of October 1 to September 30). It is similar to a local Capital Improvement Program in that it specifies the transportation projects to be advertised for construction and bus purchases or services to be carried out in the next year within the estimated federal and state funds for the Martha’s Vineyard region. All transportation projects funded by federal and state agencies must be included. The list is constrained by available funding sources and must satisfy air quality conformity guidelines.
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): The UPWP is a contractual agreement that outlines transportation planning activities to be undertaken by the Commission with funding from federal and state agencies for the federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) It describes the activities to be performed by MVC staff for the Island transportation system such as data collection, studies, mapping, etc. It is produced annually.