thick algae growing underwater in Bourne

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. More than half of the Bay’s harbors, coves, and tidal rivers suffer from the effects of nitrogen pollution. We all contribute this harmful pollution to our local waterways – and fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

Learn More ›
lobster traps covered with oil

After a major oil spill in 2003, the Coalition developed new laws that make the Bay safer from oil today than it was 10 years ago. But oil spills remain a constant threat, and the Coalition continues to advocate for the strongest possible protections.

Learn More ›
no fishing PCB contaminated sediments signs on the Acushnet River in New Bedford

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, particularly around the urban center of New Bedford. Through strong, dedicated advocacy, the Coalition is working to make toxic pollution a relic of the past.

Learn More ›
a closed shellfish bed sign at Chapoquoit marsh in West Falmouth

It wasn’t long ago when shellfish bed closures inspired people to take action to clean up Buzzards Bay. Today, our beaches are cleaner and more shellfishing areas are open because less bacteria pollutes our waterways. But bacterial contamination is still a threat to many places around the Bay where people swim and shellfish.

Learn More ›

What You Can Do

On the Water

There’s no better way to enjoy Buzzards Bay than by getting out on the water. You can do your part to keep our water clean by practicing a few simple, responsible boating tips. Try these 5 easy ways to have a Bay-friendly adventure on the water.

Read More ›

Top Stories

Westport Fishermen’s Association merges with Coalition to continue and strengthen legacy of advocacy for Westport River

Thirty-five years after its founding as the Westport River's grassroots advocate, the WFA has found a strong ally in the Coalition to sustain and grow its legacy work.

Full Story ›
Septic system upgrades in West Falmouth will demonstrate new nitrogen-reducing technologies at fire station, theatre company

Two upcoming septic system upgrades will deploy new state-of-the-art technologies to reduce nitrogen pollution as part of the Coalition’s ongoing effort to help restore the harbor’s health.

Full Story ›
Project to reduce pollution in upper Buzzards Bay waterways moves ahead with $419K grant

The Coalition is spearheading an innovative partnership that would reduce tens of thousands of pounds of nitrogen pollution from the upper portion of Buzzards Bay each year.

Full Story ›