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The declining water quality in James Pond in West Tisbury threatens the long-term survival of the sensitive and precious salt pond habitat it harbors, but help is coming.

The Baywatcher’s program wrapped up another successful year of water quality monitoring on Buzzards Bay last week, completing a season that nearly didn’t happen.

After four years of concerted effort, West Falmouth Harbor now offers a model for reducing pollution from septic systems that could be replicated in other communities. In fact, it is already inspiring action.

Skylah Reis spent the summer just seven miles from home but a world away from where she grew up. And during those ten weeks, the New Bedford native helped to launch the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s new, long-term role in protecting and managing the unique lands and habitats on Cuttyhunk Island.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition held its 32nd Annual Meeting as a virtual event on Thursday, Aug. 20, featuring reports on the Coalition’s work during this past year to protect the Bay as well as the presentation of the Buzzards Bay Guardian Award to Tom Gidwitz for his exceptional contributions to ensuring a healthier Bay.

Leslie Knowles rode the very first Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride in 2007, and she has been a regular participant ever since. This year will be no exception.

The past year has been exceptionally busy for Dr. Michele Grossman.