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Thin Layer Sediment Study for Marsh Enhancement


Hi, Coastal Managers, Scientists, and Restoration Practitioners interested in Marsh Restoration and Adaptation –

A team from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is proposing to examine the effectiveness of thin-layer sediment placement (TLP) as a strategy for enhancing tidal marsh resilience in the face of sea level rise. The idea is to conduct very small-scale (e.g., replicated 0.5 m2 plot) experiments to examine how marshes respond to sediment addition and to inform future small and large-scale restoration projects.  We will conduct these experiments at about seven Reserves on the East and West Coasts to examine geographic variation.

We want to make sure that the work we propose is useful to you: organizations and agencies that might apply the lessons learned to future management, funding or policy decisions.  Toward that end, we are inviting you to fill out a short (10 min), voluntary, and anonymous survey with questions about which aspects of sediment addition are most relevant to you, and what sort of products would be most useful to you.  Please also feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues with interest or expertise in any aspect of sediment addition projects in marshes.              


by April 3

Thank you!  Your feedback will shape our project!



Kerstin Wasson

Research Coordinator, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve                                                 jat 3/27/17


Tisbury Complete Streets - Put your dot on the map

Meeting Reschedule from 2/9 to 2/23 Due to Weather

The Town of Tisbury wants to hear from the public on their lived experience of getting around town either on foot, bicycle, or public bus.  Feedback is also sought with regard to accessibility and ADA compliance/accommodations.  

There are two ways to submit your feedback.  One, attend the ‘Complete Streets’ meeting on Thursday Feb. 9th Thursday Feb. 23rd at the Tisbury Senior Center from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  Two, put a dot (or dots) on the Prioritization Plan Map indicating those locations that need improvement or those locations that currently work well.


Click here for more information about the map and the Complete Streets program.

Housing Production Plans - Draft Reports Released

A Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a proactive strategy for planning and developing moderate and community housing that meets the 10% Chapter 40B State Housing Inventory (SHI) target per Massachusetts Housing and Community Development (DHCD) guidelines. HPPs that are certified by the DHCD help towns meet their moderate housing goals.

The Martha's Vineyard All Island Planning Board (AIPB) established a Housing Work Group consisting of one representative from each town planning board. Jennifer Goldson and Judi Barrett have been hired to help the Working Group and provide professional planning services to organize and facilitate the HPP process. The Work Group is coordinating the planning process and has created a forum to identify common interests or problems, exchange ideas, develop Island-wide solutions and keep the AIPB and public apprised of their progress. Out of this collaboration, each town has been tasked with creating its own HPP to meet the affordable and workforce housing needs.

Beginning in September of 2016 and through the fall and early winter, a series of 3 HPP meetings were held in each town and an online housing survey was available for residents to provide their feedback regarding housing on the Vineyard.

The consultants have released the Draft Housing Production Plans for each Island town and an Island-wide version.  Click the respective link below to view the Draft HPP plans.

Aquinnah   Chilmark   Edgartown   Oak Bluffs   Tisbury   West Tisbury   Island-Wide Executive Summary

To view all meeting materials click here.  Click here to visit the Housing Production Plan webpage.

CLS 2/1/17

Map of the Month-ish 

Traffic Crashes from 2012 thru 2014 and Injuries from Crashes

These two maps display traffic crash data from 2012 thru 2014.  This is the latest data available from MassDOT at this time.  While the down-Island inset maps show the individual crash sites, the Island-wide view clusters the data together for every 75m.  Crashes are reported by the Town's Police Department to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  MassDOT then receives this data and geo-locates each crash.  Data ommissions do exist on these maps since report submission varies by Police Department and MassDOT is unable to geo-locate all crashes due to insufficient location information.  

To peruse other maps, visit our Map Library.

Taffic Crashes










Injuries from Traffic Crashes

Transportation Plans Available

The Martha's Vineyard Joint Transportation Committee has recently adopted a new Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  These documents outline the Island's goals, budgets and projects regarding transportation for the next four years.

For further information, go to this web page and/or contact Priscilla Leclerc, MVC Senior Transportation Planner leclerc [at]



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The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

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Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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