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Eelgrass will soon get the chance to reclaim more of its former territory in outer West Falmouth Harbor, restoring a critical resource for the coastal habitat.

With a $100,000 state grant, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will replace 25 percent of the outer harbor’s conventional moorings with new conservation moorings designed to allow eelgrass to grow back in places where it was once plentiful.

You can feel it coming: the air is subtly growing warmer, green shoots are poking from the soil, and the sun is sticking around a little longer every evening. Spring is on its way, and we humans aren’t the only animals who can sense the change.

Buzzards Bay Coalition believes everyone who lives in the Buzzards Bay watershed should have access to experience its natural wonders. The Coalition’s new Onset Bay Center offers high-quality, on-the-water programs. Through a variety of outdoor activities such as sailing, paddling, rowing, shellfishing, and shoreline ecology, the center helps community members of all ages build a personal connection with our local environment.

Since the start of our programs in July 2020, the OBC staff have treasured our time exploring Onset Bay with you and your families. We look forward to growing our programs and increasing access to all that Onset Bay has to offer.

For more information or with any questions, please reach out to the Vice President of Outdoor Exploration, Stuart Downie at downie@savebuzzardsbay.org or give us a call at
508-999-6363 ext. 283.

The Onset Bathhouse serves as the base for a busy schedule of active, on-the-water programs that are focused on providing the opportunity to explore new interests, make new friends and deepen appreciation for the incredible natural resources of the Bay. The Buzzards Bay Coalition will offer an array of free programs for adults and families, as well as free and low-cost programs for kids.

All vacations should look like this!

Adventure awaits at the Onset Bay Center! We are offering a range of programs for children and teens looking for on-the-water excitement.

Buzzards Bay Coalition believes everyone who lives in the Buzzards Bay watershed should have access to experience the natural wonders of our coast. The Coalition’s Onset Bay Center offers high-quality on-the-water programming for thousands of kids and adults and families every year. Through a variety of outdoor activities such as sailing, paddling, shellfishing, and shoreline ecology, the center helps community members of all ages build a personal connection with our local environment.

Despite clear orders from the Town of Mattapoisett and from multiple courts, a local property owner has refused to restore the half-acre of wetland and buffer zone that he illegally filled. The Coalition and Mattapoisett don’t intend to give up on restoring this important resource, however.