The Water Fund

The Board of the Nantucket Land Council is proud to present “The Water Fund”; a donor-restricted fund to help support marine and freshwater projects on Nantucket. For the past seven years, the Nantucket Land Council has steadily transitioned into being the leading voice for the protection, investigation, and education of our water resources. Read about our latest water-based projects, research and events in the 2019 Water News!

We are consciously focusing our efforts on several significant niche areas including on-going research on eelgrass health and restoring eelgrass in Nantucket Harbor, analyzing stormwater runoff in the downtown area and working with expert consultants to redesign our downtown and Madaket landfill stormwater drainage infrastructure, as well as investigating the green crab population, how it relates to the health and vitality of Nantucket Harbor and the viability of a green crab fishery to help reduce these habitat-destroying creatures.

Throughout 2020, we will be expanding our water projects by expanding our eelgrass health research into Madaket harbor, supplementing the Town of Nantucket’s water quality sampling, sampling our island pond water quality, and investigating coastal plastics on our beaches and ocean waters.

We can’t do this additional work without your help!

In 2019, the NLC Board of Directors pledged an astounding $60,000 matching grant for Water Fund donations made by December 31, 2019, in recognition of the tremendous amount of water-focused research, projects and initiatives the NLC has undertaken recently – and we are extremely proud to announce that our membership met that challenge for a total of over $125,000 in funding to support our water focused research.  Help us continue in 2020 by making a Water Fund donation today!


Thank you to our Water Fund Founders Circle members:

Susan and Michael Baer

William and Margaret Brenizer

Robert and Barbara Friedman

The Heinz Family Foundation

The Herbert D. Condie, Jr. Family Foundation

Evan and Cindy Jones

The McCausland Foundation

Alan and Virginia Nathan

The Overbrook Foundation

The Slayton Family Foundation

Meredyth and Brooks Smith

Lars O. and Jane Soderberg

Visco Pumping, Inc.