Together, the towns of Freetown and Lakeville cover 72 square miles. Only 14 percent of this area is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed, where the Acushnet River begins in Freetown. But a significant portion of these two towns is located within the Assawompsett Ponds watershed. These ponds were historically connected to Buzzards Bay by the Mattapoisett River, and today they provide drinking water to the city of New Bedford.

Freetown and Lakeville border Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, and Rochester to the south and Middleborough to the west. As of the 2010 Census, Freetown was home to 8,870 residents and Lakeville was home to 10,602 residents.

Top Stories in Freetown & Lakeville

One graph shows the stunning collapse of bay scallop populations in Buzzards Bay

Bay scallops were once to Buzzards Bay what oysters were to the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound. But today, our once-abundant bay scallops have all but disappeared.

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For Coalition service corps members, service means saving Buzzards Bay

Meet this year’s service corps members and hear what they’re most looking forward to during their service experience with the Coalition.

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Scientists work to solve Westport River’s eroding salt marsh mystery

A new research project brings together scientists from across Buzzards Bay to understand why salt marshes on the Westport River are collapsing.

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Upcoming Events Near Freetown & Lakeville

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 02
Little Compton, RI to Woods Hole, MA
Mindfulness Walk
Sun, October 23
1:00PM - 2:00PM
East Over Reservation,
Rochester
Wednesday Walkabouts: Farm Series
Wed, November 16
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Old Haskell Farm,
Rochester

Places To Go Near 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.

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.

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.

Current Issues

Land Conservation

Conserving land is one of the most important ways to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. Since 1998, the Coalition has forever preserved more than 7,000 acres of land across our region.

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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: