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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2023 Buzzards Bay Coalition Annual Report Released

In case you missed it, we released the Buzzards Bay Coalition 2023 Annual Report highlighting accomplishments from the past year to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay.

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Help the Onset Bay Center unlock $100K from an Anonymous Donor

An anonymous donor has stepped forward with a $100,000 Matching Challenge to ensure that the Onset Bay Center would have a dedicated launch boat service for its 2024 summer season and to inspire others to invest in this special project.

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How’s the Bay Doing? Results from Summer 2023 Testing Released

Results from the 2023 water quality monitoring season were released last month on our  website. Monitoring data is summarized into a Bay Health Index based on a score of zero to 100. Scores reflect the state of the Bay as a habitat for fish, shellfish, and other parts of its natural ecosystem; they do not include measures of bacteria that would indicate whether water is safe for swimming or the status of shellfish beds.

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