Although Acushnet doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline directly, the entire town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Acushnet River flows through the town, which connects Acushnet to New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Acushnet is 19 square miles in size, surrounded by the communities of New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Freetown. As of the 2010 Census, Acushnet was home to 10,303 residents.

Top Stories in Acushnet

Partnering with P.J. Keating Company, Coalition adds 21 acres to expanding Acushnet River Reserve

This month, the Coalition partnered with the P.J. Keating Company to add 21 acres to this expanding network of protected forests, fields, and wetlands along the Acushnet River.

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What 25 years of river herring data tell us about restoring these ‘foundation’ fish in Buzzards Bay

Data collected over the past 25 years offer a snapshot of the decline of river herring and hint at possible solutions to bring their populations back to health in Buzzards Bay and beyond.

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Nearly 1,500 acres of land protected in Mattapoisett River Valley in past 15 years

Over the past 15 years, the Coalition has worked in close partnership with the towns of Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester to forever protect 1,468 acres of forests and wetlands in the Mattapoisett River Valley – a rate of nearly 100 acres per year.

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Upcoming Events in Acushnet

Sunday Stroll: The Sawmill
Sun, June 04
10:00AM - 11:00AM
The Sawmill,
Acushnet
Women in Waders: Buggin’ Out
Tue, June 06
6:00PM - 7:30PM
The Sawmill,
Acushnet
Lake Street Fishing Tournament
Sat, June 10
7:00AM - 12:00PM
New Bedford Reservoir,
Acushnet

Places To Go in Acushnet

The Sawmill

At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

LaPalme Farm

With nearly 50 acres of meadows and forests on the Acushnet River, LaPalme Farm celebrates Acushnet’s pastoral charm.

New Bedford Reservoir

Known by locals as "Lake Street," the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a peaceful destination for fishing and paddling.

Current Issues

Restoring Streams & Wetlands

The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.

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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: