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

Buzzards Bay Swimmers Finish Strong

Nearly two hundred swimmers dove into New Bedford's outer Harbor to raise money for clean water at the 29th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim on June 18.

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Coalition members share 14 of their favorite places on Buzzards Bay

To kick off summer, our members shared 14 of their favorite places: harbors, beaches, trails, and all the other fantastic spots where people like you can discover Buzzards Bay summer long.

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The Buzzards Bay Swim is Back in Full Force June 18th

The Buzzards Bay Swim returns to full strength for the 29th annual event on June 18.

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

Ugly Sweater Hike – Acushnet Sawmill
Sat, December 17
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Acushnet Sawmill,
Mattapoisett
Holiday Crafternoon!
Fri, December 16
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Onset Bay Center,
Wareham
New Year’s Bay Plunge!
Mon, January 02
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Onset Bay Center,
Wareham

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: