Although Rochester doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline, more than 90% of the town’s land area lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed. The Mattapoisett River and the Sippican River flow through Rochester, which connect the town to Buzzards Bay. Rochester is 36 square miles in size, surrounded by the communities of Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Middleborough, and Freetown and Lakeville. As of the 2010 Census, Rochester was home to 5,232 residents.

Top Stories in Rochester

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measured in Buzzards Bay during the summer of 2019 offer a stark reminder about the impact of land development, outdated infrastructure, and climate change on the health of the Bay.

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Six stunning cycling routes on quiet country roads

Buzzards Bay is a bicyclist’s dream. From Little Compton, R.I., to Falmouth, MA, cyclists will find plenty of routes to excite the senses—views of verdant farms and quaint villages, the tang of salt air along coastal beaches and salt marshes,  and the deep quiet of peaceful woodlands and backroads.

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13 great places to explore while social distancing

You need more than six feet of space between people to follow today’s social distancing guidelines from public health authorities. Lucky for us, we’ve got acres of fresh air, peaceful wooded trails, spirit-restoring beaches, and bracing breezes in abundance here around Buzzards Bay.

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Upcoming Events Near Rochester

2020 Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 04
Sakonnet Point, RI to New Bedford,
New Bedford
Teens take action
Fri, September 25 -
Fri, November 06
Onset Bay Center ,
Wareham

Places To Go in Rochester

East Over Reservation

With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.

Shoolman Preserve

This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Rochester

Although Rochester doesn’t touch Buzzards Bay’s coastline, more than 90% of the town’s land area lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Current Issues

Land Conservation

Conserving land is one of the most important ways to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. Since 1998, the Coalition has forever preserved more than 7,000 acres of land across our region.

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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: