The Buzzards Bay region is home to 18 communities, stretching from Sakonnet Point in Rhode Island to Woods Hole on Cape Cod. These communities are part of the Buzzards Bay watershed: the area of land where water drains to Buzzards Bay. Some communities lie along the coast, while others are farther inland but have rivers and streams that flow to the Bay.The Coalition works in all of these communities to protect clean water, conserve land, and engage people. We also work to protect the Elizabeth Islands and the waters of Vineyard Sound.

Find your community below to learn more about its connection to Buzzards Bay, our work there, and what you can do to make a difference.

Tiverton & Little Compton
Tiverton & Little Compton

The towns of Tiverton and Little Compton are the only two Rhode Island communities located within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Westport
Westport

Westport is the westernmost town in Massachusetts on Buzzards Bay, located between Tiverton and Little Compton to the west and Dartmouth to the east.

Dartmouth
Dartmouth

The entire town of Dartmouth is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed, with Westport to the west, New Bedford to the east, and Freetown to the north.

New Bedford
New Bedford

The city of New Bedford is sandwiched between Dartmouth to the west, Acushnet and Fairhaven to the east, and Freetown to the north.

Acushnet
Acushnet

Although Acushnet doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline directly, the entire town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Fairhaven
Fairhaven

The entire town of Fairhaven lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed, with New Bedford to the west, Mattapoisett to the east, and Acushnet to the north.

Mattapoisett
Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett sits on the shores of Buzzards Bay with Fairhaven to the west, Marion to the east, and Acushnet and Rochester to the north.

Rochester
Rochester

Although Rochester doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline, more than 90% of the town’s land area lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Marion
Marion

Marion is tucked between Mattapoisett to the west, Wareham to the east, and Rochester to the north. The entire town is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Freetown & Lakeville
Freetown & Lakeville

A significant portion of Freetown and Lakeville is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed, which provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Middleborough
Middleborough

Although Middleborough is located away from Buzzards Bay’s coastline, nearly a quarter of the town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Carver
Carver

Although Carver lies away from the coast, 84% of the town sits within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Weweantic and Wankinco rivers both begin in Carver.

Wareham
Wareham

The town of Wareham sits at the head of Buzzards Bay, with more than 54 miles of shoreline along coastal waterways like the Weweantic River, the Wareham River, and Onset Bay.

Plymouth
Plymouth

Of Plymouth’s land area, 44% is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Agawam River begins in Plymouth, and the Wankinco River snakes along Plymouth's town line with Carver.

Bourne
Bourne

The town of Bourne is divided into two sections by the Cape Cod Canal, with Wareham and Plymouth along its northern border and Falmouth to the south.

Falmouth
Falmouth

Falmouth is Buzzards Bay’s easternmost town, with Bourne to the north and the island communities of Gosnold and Martha’s Vineyard to the south.

Gosnold
Gosnold

The town of Gosnold encompasses the Elizabeth Islands: a chain of islands that lies between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.

Martha’s Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard

The Martha’s Vineyard towns of Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah lie on 37 miles of shoreline along Vineyard Sound, just beyond the edge of Buzzards Bay.

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: