Weather and forecast for New Bedford and the Buzzards Bay watershed.
Our stormwater website.
Our climate adaptation website.
Our SNEP website.
Septic System Test Center Results
The Bouchard B120 oil spill.
Other Buzzards Bay Organizations
Website of the citizen's group, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay.
Info on the municipal official group, the Buzzards Bay Action Committee.
News, Features, and Information for Buzzards Bay and the NEP
2016 Municipal MiniGrants Announced
On August 3, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program announced more than $210,000 to fund seven projects that will help towns in the Buzzards Bay watershed protect important habitat and drinking water resources and provide passage for migratory fish species. All funded projects will assist these municipalities to meet the goals and objectives of BBNEP's Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. These grants were awarded to Acushnet, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Wareham. Funded projects include efforts to remove an obstruction to a fish passage, permanently protect several tracks of land that serve as important habitat for rare and protected species, and help protect drinking water sources. BBNEP is administered by CZM and provides funding and technical assistance to municipalities and environmental groups in their ongoing efforts to protect and restore water quality and living resources. For more information, see the EEA Press Release.
Buzzards Bay NEP Launches a Stormwater Website
In February 2016, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program launched a new website, stormwater.buzzardsbay.org. The purpose of the website is to support the activities of the Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative. The Stormwater Collaborative currently consists of five towns (Dartmouth, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Wareham) that are working with the Buzzards Bay Action Committee and the NEP to map stormwater networks and monitor stormwater discharges that are contributing to shellfish bed closures and other pollution-caused impairments. This work began in the fall of 2015 when the BBAC received a $200,000 U.S. EPA Healthy Communities Grant. The Buzzards Bay NEP, which is collaborating with the BBAC on the grant, hired a new staff member to support the municipal effort. The BBAC will be hiring a stormwater specialist and interns to collect dry and wet weather stormwater samples. The work will also support municipal efforts to meet goals in their MS4 stormwater management plans. Go to stormwater.buzzardsbay.org to learn more.
Buzzards Bay NEP Awards SNEP Water Quality Grants
On January 11, 2016, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program awarded six grants totaling $794,478 to address nutrient and pathogen pollution in Buzzards Bay. The grants were funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SNEP program, and will help the towns protect important habitat and drinking water resources:
- Buzzards Bay Coalition - $200,000 to work with the towns of Wareham, Bourne, and Plymouth and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to evaluate the feasibility of relocating the Wareham Wastewater Treatment Facility discharge from the Agawam River to a well-flushed area near the Cape Cod Canal.
- Marine Biological Laboratory - $175,918 to collaborate with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Barnstable County Department of Health to quantify the nitrogen removal benefits from innovative alternative (I/A) systems being installed in West Falmouth Harbor. The work will also determine whether the addition of a carbon source will increase nitrogen removal in I/A systems.
- Town of Marion - $200,000 to coordinate with Mattapoisett and the Buzzards Bay Coalition in hiring a consultant to design an expanded sewage collection system from Marion's Wastewater Treatment Facility into the existing densely developed neighborhoods of Indian Cove (Marion) and Harbor Beach (Mattapoisett) on Aucoot Cove.
- Town of Falmouth - $53,950 to expand an oyster reef to reduce nitrogen loads to West Falmouth Harbor near Mashapaquit Creek in the Snug Harbor area. The project will inform the extent to which oyster reefs can effectively improve water quality, and can contribute to watershed nitrogen reduction for West Falmouth Harbor and other similar estuaries.
- Town of Fairhaven - $58,350 to prepare designs and permit applications for green infrastructure stormwater best management practices at four high priority outfalls on Sconticut Neck. The effort will reduce pathogen and nutrient loading and other stormwater pollutants to Little Bay and Nasketucket Bay.
- Town of Dartmouth - $106,260 to work the City of New Bedford to treat stormwater runoff from two outfalls located at the end of Rodgers Street discharging to Clarks Cove and contributing to shellfish bed closures there.
For additional information, see the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) press release.