How Healthy is Your Water?

In New Bedford, the Coalition tracks the health of four coastal waterways: Buttonwood Brook (part of Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth), Clarks Cove, the Acushnet River, and New Bedford Harbor. Baywatchers volunteers take water samples at 12 stations across New Bedford.

Acushnet River
Two subembayments: Acushnet River – Estuary, Acushnet River – Fresh
Clarks Cove
Two subembayments: Inner Clarks Cove, Outer Clarks Cove
New Bedford Harbor
Two subembayments: Inner New Bedford Harbor, Outer New Bedford Harbor
Bay Health data is funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.
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Become a Baywatcher

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 New Bedford

Six stunning cycling routes on quiet country roads

Buzzards Bay is a bicyclist’s dream. From Little Compton, R.I., to Falmouth, MA, cyclists will find plenty of routes to excite the senses—views of verdant farms and quaint villages, the tang of salt air along coastal beaches and salt marshes,  and the deep quiet of peaceful woodlands and backroads.

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Renowned organic farm and surrounding woodlands in Dartmouth gain permanent protection

Pioneering organic farm Eva’s Garden will be permanently protected as a working farm and forest, expanding on more than 1,000 acres of protected land in the Allen’s Pond area of Dartmouth.

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2020 Buzzards Bay swim canceled due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus

The Buzzards Bay Coalition has announced that the 2020 Buzzards BaySwim will be cancelled due to the unprecedented and still-evolving conditions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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: