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Nothing says fall in the Buzzards Bay region quite like the annual cranberry harvest. As the leaves change colors each autumn, local cranberry bogs glow red with ripe berries that float on the surface of flooded bogs, ready to be harvested.

When the fresh water of a flowing river meets the salty water of the Bay, it creates one of the most unique and important ecosystems in the Buzzards Bay region, with rare plants and a wide range of fish – some that live in fresh water, some in salt water and some that use both.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s long-standing Baywatchers water quality monitoring program has been awarded an Environmental Merit Award — the highest honor from the New England Region of the Environmental Protection Agency.