The Martha’s Vineyard towns of Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah lie on 37 miles of shoreline along Vineyard Sound, just beyond the edge of Buzzards Bay. Together, these four towns include 56 square miles of land and were home to a total of 7,866 year-round residents as of the 2010 Census.

Top Stories on Martha's Vineyard

Governor vetoes $125,000 for Buzzards Bay monitoring in 2017 state budget

The governor’s veto puts the future of the Baywatchers program – and clean water in your community – at risk.

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Where the fish bite

Marc Folco lists his 25 top spots for fishing in and around Buzzards Bay, the Cape Cod Canal, the Elizabeth Islands and Vineyard Sound. Check out the hot spots by number on this comprehensive online map.

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Buzzards Bay rowers team up to raise money for clean water at London river race

In September, rowers from three Buzzards Bay-based rowing organizations traveled to London to compete in the 21.6-mile Great River Race, raising over $2,000 for the Coalition.

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Upcoming Events Near Martha's Vineyard

Marsh Island Cleanup & Art Workshops
Sat, April 27
9:45AM - 1:00PM
Buzzards Bay Coalition,
New Bedford
Migration Mondays: Breivogel Ponds
Mon, April 29
7:00AM - 9:00AM
Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area,
Falmouth
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Bay Health: Vineyard Sound

With every changing tide, water flows from Buzzards Bay to Vineyard Sound and back again through Woods Hole, Robinson’s Hole, Quicks Hole, and Canapatsit Channel. This connection links the health – and futures – of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, which is why the Coalition began monitoring here in 2013. The health of Vineyard Sound is excellent, ranking as one of the healthiest waterways that we monitor.

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Current Issues

Nitrogen Pollution

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. We all contribute nitrogen pollution to our local waterways. Fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

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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: