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

Planning to get outside more in 2021?

In 2021, people are setting New Year's resolutions that center on celebrating nature in the thousands of acres of open space preserved for public access from Sakonnet Point and Westport to Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk.

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The 10 best things that happened for Buzzards Bay in 2020

This year, the Buzzards Bay Coalition made significant progress on every front—ongoing pollution cleanup, focused land protection, active restoration, and community engagement—thanks to our supporters and partners, and together we will accomplish even more in 2021.

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New effort launched to reverse declining water quality in James Pond on Martha’s Vineyard

An effort to better understand James Pond's vital connection to Vineyard Sound and improve its overall water quality has been launched by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and West Tisbury property owners.

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Upcoming Events Near Martha's Vineyard

Mindfulness Walk: Winter Series
Sun, January 31
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Agawam River Trail,
Wareham
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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: