At 95,072 residents as of the 2010 Census, the city of New Bedford has Buzzards Bay’s largest year-round population. New Bedford’s land area covers 20 square miles, and nearly all of that is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The city is sandwiched between Dartmouth to the west, Acushnet and Fairhaven to the east, and Freetown to the north. New Bedford’s shoreline extends for 18 miles along Buzzards Bay, Clarks Cove, the Acushnet River, and New Bedford Harbor.

Top Stories in New Bedford

278 swimmers raise $160,000 and counting for clean water at 26th annual Buzzards Bay Swim

278 swimmers dove into outer New Bedford Harbor on Saturday, June 22 to celebrate clean and healthy water in Buzzards Bay during the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 26th annual Buzzards Bay Swim.

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25 local fishing charters to get you out on Buzzards Bay

Chartering a boat gives you an opportunity to fish Buzzards Bay's deeper waters with the guidance of experienced captains.

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Acushnet Sawmill will expand into New Bedford this year

The Coalition’s popular riverfront park, the Acushnet Sawmill, will expand into New Bedford with safer access, more parking, and new community gardens.

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

Cuttyhunk Cruise & Exploration
Tue, July 23
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Cuttyhunk Ferry Company,
New Bedford
Harbor Run
Wed, July 24
7:30AM - 8:30AM
East Beach Entrance,
New Bedford
Yoga in the Garden
Wed, July 24
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens,
New Bedford

Places To Go in New Bedford

Fort Taber Park

With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views steeped in history.

Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail

A natural oasis hidden in the North End of New Bedford, Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail takes visitors on a tour of forest life.

Buttonwood Park

Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

Current Issues

Toxic Pollution

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. Through strong, dedicated advocacy, the Coalition is working to make toxic pollution a relic of the past.

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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: