The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP), established in 1985 as the Buzzards Bay Project, became a National Estuary Program when Buzzards Bay was declared an estuary of national significance in 1987. BBNEP’s initial goal was to characterize threats to water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its watershed, which includes 17 Massachusetts municipalities. These assessments, and the proposed solutions to these threats, were contained in a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)—the first such plan developed in the United States. Today, BBNEP’s mission is to protect and restore water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed through the implementation of the CCMP, which was updated in 2013. To accomplish this mission, BBNEP provides funding and technical assistance to municipalities and environmental groups in their ongoing efforts to protect and restore water quality and living resources. BBNEP is administered by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
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