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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Onset Bay Center Community Update – March 2018

Read the Coalition's latest update on its progress to create the Onset Bay Center, a new on-the-water exploration center that will provide programming for thousands of people every year

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River otter sighting at Sawmill in Acushnet shows the power of urban habitat restoration

Last month, a local photographer captured an exciting sight at The Sawmill: the first recorded river otter in this portion of the Acushnet River since the Coalition restored and opened the property as a public park in 2015.

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How (and where) to go geocaching around Buzzards Bay

Looking for a new way to get outside and explore Buzzards Bay’s special places? Try geocaching: a modern-day version of treasure hunting.

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Upcoming Buzzards Bay Coalition Events

Spring Equinox Sunset Stroll
Tue, March 20
6:15PM - 7:15PM
Gooseberry Island,
Wednesday Walkabout: Signs of Spring
Wed, March 21
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail ,
New Bedford
Spring Story Time: Welcoming Spring
Fri, March 23
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Spinney Memorial Library,

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: