The town of Dartmouth covers 62 square miles, which makes it the largest town by land area on Buzzards Bay. The entire town is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed, with Westport to the west, New Bedford to the east, and Freetown to the north. As of the 2010 Census, Dartmouth was home to 34,032 residents. Its shoreline stretches 47 miles along Buzzards Bay, Clarks Cove, and three large estuaries: the Slocums River, the Little River, and Apponagansett Bay.

Top Stories in Dartmouth

The Buttonwood-to-Bay Project: A New Season for Local Water Quality

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is excited to kick off our first few rounds of water sampling as a part of the Buttonwood-to-Bay Project.

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“Buying time with runnels: A climate adaptation tool for salt marshes”

BBC science staff led a recent publication summarizing a new technique to mitigate impacts of sea level rise. Test sites in Dartmouth and Fairhaven were featured.

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Coalition launches project to restore water quality in Buttonwood Brook and Apponagansett Bay

The Coalition has launched a collaborative effort to complete the science to identify pollution sources in Buttonwood Brook in New Bedford and Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth.

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Upcoming Events in Dartmouth

Buzzards Bay Swim
Sat, June 18
6:30AM - 10:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
2022 Falmouth Road Race
Sun, August 21
Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights,
Falmouth
2022 Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 02
Sakonnnet Point to Woods Hole,
Falmouth

Places To Go in Dartmouth

Cornell Farm

The idyllic pastures and sweeping salt marsh views at Cornell Farm in Dartmouth will captivate nature lovers of every age.

Destruction Brook Woods

Don’t let its name fool you: Destruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth is packed with unparalleled beauty.

Demarest Lloyd State Park

Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth is a true gem for beachgoers, explorers, and Buzzards Bay lovers of all ages.

Current Issues

Land Conservation

Conserving land is one of the most important ways to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. Since 1998, the Coalition has forever preserved more than 7,000 acres of land across our region.

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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: