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On a typical summer afternoon in Red Brook Harbor on Cape Cod, you’ll find thousands of people outside enjoying the water. Hundreds of boats dot the harbor’s surface, tied up to docks and mooring balls or cruising past Bassetts Island into Buzzards Bay. The popular island shelters the harbor from the Bay’s open waters and offers families a mile-long strip of sandy beach where they can swim, picnic, and play.

Only steps from the Coalition’s first office in a dorm room at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, President Mark Rasmussen called to order the 25th Annual Meeting of the Buzzards Bay Coalition on the lawn of the Beachmoor in Bourne. The meeting highlighted the tremendous work and achievements of the Coalition in 2012 while acknowledging how far the organization has come in its first quarter-century and outlining the challenges that still lie ahead.

As the sun set on a cold fall day, an outdoor public art installation came to life as the Buzzards Bay Coalition unveiled Habitat, a celebration of clean water in the heart of downtown New Bedford. Designed by local artist John Magnan and sponsored by the Coalition, Habitat is composed of seven steel and masonry representations of eelgrass, standing 12 feet tall and creating the illusion of an underwater meadow.