What happens on the land directly affects the health of Buzzards Bay. Healthy streams, forests, and wetlands protect clean water. But poorly planned development can lead to more nitrogen pollution in our harbors, coves, and rivers.

This land is called the Buzzards Bay watershed: the 432-square-mile area that drains to the Bay. All of the ponds, streams, and rivers that flow through the watershed eventually lead to the Bay.

The Coalition works throughout the Buzzards Bay watershed to conserve important natural areas and restore damaged streams and wetlands. We’re also spearheading new research on cranberry bogs to solve this piece of the Bay’s pollution puzzle.

wildflowers grow along a split-rail fence in summer

Conserving land helps protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. Across our region, the Coalition has forever protected more than 7,500 acres of land in some of the Bay’s most special places. Without saving our most important forests, streams, and wetlands, the Bay – its clean waters, scenic beauty, coastal habitats, and our quality of life – cannot survive.

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Acushnet River and fishway at The Sawmill

Healthy streams and wetlands have been lost in all of Buzzards Bay’s communities. The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.

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a cranberry bog in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts being harvested in fall

Cranberry bogs are an important part of our landscape and heritage in southeastern Massachusetts. But with so many bogs in the Buzzards Bay region, cranberry agriculture can be source of nitrogen pollution to our waterways. The Coalition is now partnering with growers to develop new research on cranberry bogs to help solve this piece of the Bay’s nitrogen puzzle.

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What You Can Do

In Your Backyard

Lawn fertilizer, garden pesticides, and yes, even our beloved dogs can be sources of pollution to Buzzards Bay. With a few simple actions, you can do your part to prevent water pollution to our harbors, coves, and rivers. Try these 5 easy ways to make your backyard Bay-friendly.

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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: