thick algae growing underwater in Bourne

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. More than half of the Bay’s harbors, coves, and tidal rivers suffer from the effects of nitrogen pollution. We all contribute this harmful pollution to our local waterways – and fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

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lobster traps covered with oil

After a major oil spill in 2003, the Coalition developed new laws that make the Bay safer from oil today than it was 10 years ago. But oil spills remain a constant threat, and the Coalition continues to advocate for the strongest possible protections.

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no fishing PCB contaminated sediments signs on the Acushnet River in New Bedford

Among all of the pollution threats to Buzzards Bay, toxic contamination has seen the greatest reductions in the past several decades. But toxic pollution is still a problem in parts of the Bay, particularly around the urban center of New Bedford. Through strong, dedicated advocacy, the Coalition is working to make toxic pollution a relic of the past.

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a closed shellfish bed sign at Chapoquoit marsh in West Falmouth

It wasn’t long ago when shellfish bed closures inspired people to take action to clean up Buzzards Bay. Today, our beaches are cleaner and more shellfishing areas are open because less bacteria pollutes our waterways. But bacterial contamination is still a threat to many places around the Bay where people swim and shellfish.

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What You Can Do

On the Water

There’s no better way to enjoy Buzzards Bay than by getting out on the water. You can do your part to keep our water clean by practicing a few simple, responsible boating tips. Try these 5 easy ways to have a Bay-friendly adventure on the water.

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Top Stories

West Falmouth demonstration project reduces nitrogen pollution from 20 septic systems by 78%

Last year, 20 homeowners around West Falmouth Harbor signed up to upgrade their septic systems or cesspools to nitrogen-reducing technology as part of a demonstration project led by the Coalition and the town of Falmouth.

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Permanent boat waste pumpout service coming to Cuttyhunk in 2018

The Coalition is working with the town of Gosnold to install a free, permanent boat waste pumpout station in Cuttyhunk Harbor, which will begin service in June 2018.

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Wareham Selectmen grant 99-year lease of historic Onset Bathhouse to Coalition to create Onset Bay exploration center

The Wareham Board of Selectmen has officially greenlighted the Coalition’s plans to create a new on-the-water exploration center on Onset Bay by signing a 99-year lease of the historic Onset Bathhouse to the Coalition.

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