Ice House Pond in West Tisbury reopened Wednesday


Updated 6:40 pm, Wednesday

The West Tisbury board of health announced Wednesday morning that the Land Bank’s Ice House Pond was closed due to high levels of enterococci bacteria found in weekly water samples collected on August 22. Later Wednesday, the pond was reopened.

On again, off again beach closures have become a regular occurrence this summer. Last week, Seth’s Pond was reopened to swimming following a closure. Lambert’s Cove Beach was reopened to swimming August 18 following a closure Wednesday, August 17 due to high levels of bacteria.

Enterococci are an indicator organism that signal the presence of other harmful bacteria.

Heavy rainfall often contributes to beach closings, when bacteria wash from woodlands, roads and beaches into water bodies.