At 95,072 residents as of the 2010 Census, the city of New Bedford has Buzzards Bay’s largest year-round population. New Bedford’s land area covers 20 square miles, and nearly all of that is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The city is sandwiched between Dartmouth to the west, Acushnet and Fairhaven to the east, and Freetown to the north. New Bedford’s shoreline extends for 18 miles along Buzzards Bay, Clarks Cove, the Acushnet River, and New Bedford Harbor.

Top Stories in New Bedford

Explore & protect Buzzards Bay with Cape Clasp and the Clean Coast Challenge

Participate in the Clean Coast Challenge by visiting new sites around Buzzards Bay and leaving them cleaner than you found them!

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Shifting gears: triathlete, mom, and Bay supporter explains why she bikes for clean water

After recovering from a severe accident, this year's Ride means more to Tanya Roy than just getting back on her bike.

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11 places to go summer bird watching around the Bay

Whether you're an expert birder or don't know a finch from a flycatcher, the region's abundant bird populations make it easy to spot species on the wing.

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

Yoga at Fort Taber
Tue, August 21
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford
Yoga at Fort Taber
Thu, August 23
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford
Yoga at Fort Taber
Tue, August 28
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Fort Taber Park,
New Bedford

Places To Go in New Bedford

Fort Taber Park

With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views that are steeped in history.

Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail

A natural oasis hidden in the North End of New Bedford, Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail takes visitors on a tour of forest life.

Buttonwood Park

Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

Current Issues

Toxic Pollution

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. Through strong, dedicated advocacy, the Coalition is working to make toxic pollution a relic of the past.

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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: