The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. Explore the pages below to learn more about our work to save Buzzards Bay.

Mark Rasmussen and Gina McCarthy at The Sawmill in Acushnet

The Buzzards Bay Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

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map of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound watersheds

The Coalition works throughout the Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound watersheds to protect and restore coastal, river, and drinking water quality and the upland forests, wetlands, and streams that support a healthy ecosystem.

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Buzzards Bay Coalition press conference in 1991

More than 30 years ago, local residents sounded a warning that the health of their beloved Buzzards Bay was failing. Decades later, a Coalition of community members continues to work tirelessly to protect clean water in the Bay for everyone.

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board and staff of the Buzzards Bay Coalition

The Buzzards Bay Coalition's work to restore clean water, protect watershed lands, and engage the community is guided by a volunteer board of directors and carried out by a talented group of conservation professionals.

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Mattapoisett River Reserve sign at The Bogs

Visit the Buzzards Bay Center and the Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center in New Bedford, the seasonal Woods Hole Outreach Center, or one of our outdoor reserves in Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham.

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a woman holding a Secchi disc by the water in Dartmouth

Learn about our award-winning Baywatchers water quality monitoring program, our free Decision Makers Workshops, and youth programs for schools, groups, and camps.

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cover of 2015 State of Buzzards Bay

Browse and download the Coalition's State of Buzzards Bay report, annual report, Bay Current newsletter, and financial information to learn more about our issues and our work.

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staff member of the Buzzards Bay Coalition on a family program

Contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition by email by filling out the form on this page. You can also reach us by phone at (508) 999-6363.

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State Appeals Court: Mattapoisett homeowner must restore damaged wetlands on Eel Pond

Court decision upholds the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission’s 2015 enforcement order requiring that a Seabreeze Lane homeowner restore filled wetlands and buffer zone along Eel Pond, one of Buzzards Bay’s most delicate coastal salt ponds.

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Decision Makers Workshops demonstrate real-world solutions to nitrogen pollution from septic systems

Local decision makers from around the region came together at two free workshops in April to learn about the results of the Coalition’s on-the-ground pilot projects to reduce nitrogen pollution from septic systems.

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How a New Bedford native learned to love open water swimming through the Buzzards Bay Swim

For his 10th Buzzards Bay Swim and the Swim's 25th anniversary, swimmer Ben Ostiguy has set himself a new challenge: to double his fundraising donations.

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Upcoming Buzzards Bay Coalition Events

Frogs at The Bogs
Fri, May 25
6:00PM - 7:30PM
The Bogs,
Mattapoisett
Spring Story Time: Birds
Fri, May 25
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Spinney Memorial Library,
Wareham
Women in Waders: Crazy About Crabs
Tue, May 29
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Shining Tides Beach,
Mattapoisett

Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: