Salt marsh islands in the West Branch of the Westport River declined by nearly half during the past 80 years, pointing to a troubling trend of loss that's likely affecting coastal habitats throughout the Bay and along the East Coast.
With the addition of these positions, the Coalition’s team will grow to 20 conservation professionals, as well as seasonal part-time staff, service members, and countless volunteers who help us carry out our clean water mission.
With weekly practice, Rosie Byrnes was was swimming a full mile – 33 laps – with ease after two months. And by the time June rolled around, she felt like a pro, effortlessly swimming 1.2 miles in the pool.
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.
For fourth-graders in New Bedford Public Schools, beach walks with the Coalition as part of the city’s Sea Lab program are opening a new window to learning, exploration, and imagination on Buzzards Bay.