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Conservation Commission

Maria McFarland
Board Administrator
Address PO Box 278
West Tisbury, MA 02575

Town Hall, 1059 State Road, 2nd Floor

Phone 508-696-6404
Fax 508-696-0103
Hours Monday - Friday 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM


2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 5:00 PM at Town Hall, 2nd Floor
Selectmen's Meeting Room
View Meetings, Agendas and Minutes
View Archived Minutes (January 1, 2010-June 30, 2011)
View More Archived Minutes (Before January 1, 2010)

Meetings and Agendas:

Board Members:
Tara Whiting Chair
Whit Griswold Vice Chair
John Brannen Board Member
Prudy Burt Board Member
Binnie Ravitch Board Member
Peter Rodegast Board Member
Mike Turnell Board Member
Vacant Board Member
Vacant Associate Board Member
Vacant Associate Board Member

Maria McFarland Board Administrator

Public Meeting Notice

Draft Tisbury Great Pond and Black Point Pond Estuarine System Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) For Total Nitrogen (CN-398.0)
Towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announces the availability, for public comment, of the Draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Total Nitrogen in the Tisbury Great Pond and Black Point Pond Estuarine System in the Towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark, Massachusetts. The system is impaired by nutrients, specifically nitrogen. This Draft TMDL Report is required by the EPA Federal Clean Water Act section 303d and is directed at control of excessive nitrogen which impair uses in the system, such as aquatic life. A TMDL is essentially a “pollution budget” designed to restore the health of an impaired waterbody.

Copies of this Draft TMDL Report for Total Nitrogen, and a further explanation of the TMDL Program and the Massachusetts Estuaries Project are available on MassDEP’s website at:


The Massachusetts Estuaries Project Final Technical Reports for Tisbury Great Pond and Black Point Pond Estuarine System on which the TMDLs were based, are available at:


The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the meeting room at the West Tisbury Public Library, 1042 State Road, West Tisbury, MA to discuss and respond to any public comments on the report. Based on the comments received, the Draft Report will be rewritten and the final version sent to the USEPA for approval. All comments should refer to the report number (CN 398.0) and must be received by 5:00 pm on February 22, 2018. Comments should be sent to:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Watershed Planning Program
8 New Bond St.
Worcester, MA 01606
Attn: Barbara Kickham
Phone: 508-849-2724
Email: barbara.kickham@state.ma.us

Public Forum
Mass Estuaries Project Report Tisbury Great Pond
August 27, 2013 5:30 PM
Chilmark Town Hall Selectmen’s Meeting Room
Click Here to View Report

Volunteer Position Openings!

The West Tisbury Conservation Commission
has a volunteer opening for one full member and one associate member.

The Commission is a volunteer board appointed by the Selectmen to administer theWetlands Protection Act & Town Wetlands Bylaw.

Send your letter of interest to:
Box 278,West Tisbury, MA 02575

For more information, please contact:
Maria McFarland 508-696-6404

The mission of the Conservation Commission is to protect the wetland resources of West Tisbury according to the statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We uphold and implement the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act while striving to find a consensual balance between respect for individual property rights and protection of these resources. The West Tisbury Conservation Commission consists of seven members and one staff person.


Related Information:




Lambert's Cove Beach


The Conservation Commission and the Parks and Recreation collaborated on a dune restoration project on the path to Lambert's Cove Beach over the winter of 2012. The snow fencing was installed to help capture wind-blown sand in order to build the dune up. American Beach Grass was planted this spring to help stabilize the dune.


Spring daffodils at Brandy Brow planted by the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club