How Healthy is Your Water?

In Bourne, the Coalition tracks the health of nine coastal waterways: Buttermilk Bay and Little Buttermilk Bay, Taylor Point, Phinneys Harbor/Back River, Little Bay, the Pocasset River, Pocasset Harbor, Red Brook Harbor, Squeteague Harbor, and Megansett Harbor. Baywatchers volunteers take water samples at 39 stations across Bourne.

Buttermilk Bay/Red Brook
Three subembayments: Buttermilk Bay, Little Buttermilk Bay, Red Brook
Buzzards Bay
Five subembayments: Center Bay Buoy, Central Buzzards Bay, Eastern Buzzards Bay (Cape Cod), Manomet Bay, Upper Buzzards Bay
Little Bay (Bourne)
One sampling station: BW1
Megansett Harbor
Five sampling stations: MG1X, MG1N, MG2, MG3, MG4
Phinneys Harbor/Back River
Three subembayments: Back River, Eel Pond (Bourne), Phinneys Harbor
Pocasset Harbor
Two subembayments: Inner Pocasset Harbor, Outer Pocasset Harbor
Pocasset River
Three sampling stations: PR1, PR2, PR3
Red Brook Harbor
Four subembayments: Hen Cove, Inner Red Brook Harbor, Outer Red Brook Harbor, Red Brook Pond
Squeteague Harbor
Three sampling stations: SQ1N, SQ1X, SQ2
Taylor Point
One sampling station: TP1
Bay Health data is funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.
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Help the Buzzards Bay Coalition keep an eye on the health of the water in your community. Become a Baywatcher, and you can volunteer as a "citizen scientist" on the water this summer.

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Top Stories in Bourne

River herring numbers are up in some Bay waterways – but there’s more work to do

Population counts of river herring were up in three of Buzzards Bay’s most important rivers — the Agawam, Acushnet, and Mattapoisett Rivers — during spring 2019. But rising numbers don’t mean that the work to protect river herring has ended.

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Wareham kids splash into second summer of outdoor exploration in Onset

This summer, more than one hundred kids will participate in the Coalition’s second summer of the Onset Bay summer program, featuring four weeks of outdoor exploration and discovery through the developing Onset Bay Center.

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A guide to Buzzards Bay islands you can explore

Though they may not have palm trees or coconuts, these 12 islands around Buzzards Bay do have beautiful views, fascinating histories, and exciting adventures to take on.

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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: