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

Summer 2019 water quality declined slightly throughout Buzzards Bay

Water quality conditions measured in Buzzards Bay during the summer of 2019 offer a stark reminder about the impact of land development, outdated infrastructure, and climate change on the health of the Bay.

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Behind the photos: our World Wildlife Day photography contest finalists

These five photographers from all around the watershed shared how they captured these stunning images, and how their photography helps them explore their Buzzards Bay.

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Our complete listing of February break Bay Adventures

Looking for a way to keep kids entertained during their February break? Get the whole family together for a Bay Adventure in the great outdoors!

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 04
Sakonnet Point, RI to Woods Hole,
Falmouth
Pumpkin Day at Bourne Farm
Sat, October 10
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Bourne Farm,
Falmouth
Buzzards Bay Coalition Golf Tournament
Fri, October 16
12:00PM - 6:00PM
The Bay Club,
Mattapoisett

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: