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

150 bike for clean water at 10th anniversary Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride

150 cyclists pedaled across Southeastern New England on Sunday, Oct. 2 during the 10th anniversary Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride. The event raised more than $120,000 to support the Coalition’s work.

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Widespread ‘rusty tide’ algae bloom appears in Buzzards Bay

For the first time since 2012, a nitrogen pollution-fueled algae bloom called “rusty tide” has appeared in several Buzzards Bay harbors and coves this August.

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Who wants ice cream? 17 sweet Buzzards Bay trails and beaches to visit before summer ends

These 17 parks, beaches, and trails are a stone’s throw from some of the Buzzards Bay region's favorite ice cream shops.

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

Deck the Walls Holiday Celebration
Sat, December 10
6:00PM - 9:00PM
The Vault Gallery of Fine Arts,
Dartmouth
Holiday Bird Count and Pot Luck Supper
Sat, December 17
7:30PM
Friends Meeting House,
Dartmouth

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: