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

Study shows Westport Rivers losing salt marshes at an accelerating rate

Salt marsh islands in the West Branch of the Westport River declined by nearly half during the past 80 years, pointing to a troubling trend of loss that's likely affecting coastal habitats throughout the Bay and along the East Coast.

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Where are our TMDLs? After four years of waiting, Buzzards Bay waterways still don’t have promised state pollution limits

After more than three and a half years, we’re still waiting for the final pollution limits needed to take action to protect and restore the Westport Rivers and several other waterways.

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How one 12-year-old raised over $1,000 for clean water at his first Buzzards Bay Swim

Marco Brunette of Concord had never seen Buzzards Bay when he decided to participate in the Buzzards Bay Swim. That didn't stop him from raising more than $1,000 for clean water.

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