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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Top Stories

Third summer of water monitoring kicks off on Martha’s Vineyard

This summer, the Coalition and partners at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe are undertaking a third year of studying the health of Vineyard Sound and four coastal ponds on the island’s north shore.

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Gosnold voters unanimously approve Cuttyhunk preservation

Thanks to the support of Elizabeth Island residents, the Coalition is moving forward with an ambitious project that will protect Cuttyhunk Island’s unspoiled beauty forever.

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Buzzards Bay health continuing to improve, as actions to protect clean water multiply

Bold actions to protect clean water are making a difference to Save Buzzards Bay. That’s what we saw on the Bay in the summer of 2018, according to data collected through our Baywatchers monitoring program.

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