The Water Fund

Over the past decade, the Nantucket Land Council has steadily transitioned into being the leading voice for the protection, investigation, and education of our water resources. In response, the NLC Board of Directors created “The Water Fund”, a donor-restricted fund to help support marine and freshwater projects on Nantucket. Read about some of our water-based projects, research and events in the NLC Water News.

We continue our water projects including our eelgrass health research  in Madaket harbor, supplementing the Town of Nantucket’s water quality sampling with our small pond water quality research and investigating coastal plastics on our beaches and ocean waters. We also continue 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, as well as extensive Harmful Algal Bloom research in our island ponds.

We are thrilled to have officially joined the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Nantucket Waterkeeper with the goal of swimmable, fishable, drinkable waters for all.


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

We ask for your help to support our water research by making a donation to the Water Fund. Help us continue our critical work by making a Water Fund donation today!



A special Thank You to our Water Fund Founders Circle members who have made a yearly contribution of $5000 or more:

Susan and Michael Baer

Mary-Randolph Ballinger

William and Margaret Brenizer

John B. Carroll

Erica Wilson, Inc.

The Cox/Bartram/Farrell Family

Robert and Barbara Friedman

Mark Gottwald

The Heinz Family Foundation

The Herbert D. Condie Jr. Family Foundation

Edie and David Johnson

Evan and Cindy Jones

Peter and Bonnie McCausland/The McCausland Foundation

Alan and Virginia Nathan

The Overbrook Foundation

The Slayton Family Foundation

Meredyth and Brooks Smith

Lars O. and Jane Soderberg

Merrielou and Ned Symes

James D. Toole

Elizabeth and Geoffrey Verney

Visco Pumping, Inc.

Harry Wilcox


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