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

Demonstration project to restore eelgrass to West Falmouth Harbor wins funding

With a $100,000 state grant, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will replace 25 percent of the outer harbor’s conventional moorings with new conservation moorings designed to allow eelgrass to grow back in places where it was once plentiful.

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Baywatchers data highlights path to protecting shellfish from acidification

Using data collected by the Coalition, scientists have found that nitrogen pollution makes coastal waters more acidic, posing a threat to the Bay's shellfishing industry and important habitats.

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(Yet another) Federal court victory upholds Bay oil spill prevention rules

A federal district judge has rejected an out-of-state oil shipping industry group’s legal challenges to state oil spill protection laws for Buzzards Bay. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper represents a complete denial of efforts to invalidate the provision of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act that requires all oil barges to be guided through the Bay by a tugboat escort.

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