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

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measured in Buzzards Bay during the summer of 2019 offer a stark reminder about the impact of land development, outdated infrastructure, and climate change on the health of the Bay.

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Upcoming Events in New Bedford

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