Fortunately, MassBays have come a long way since the 1980's. With the help of numerous groups and agencies, Boston Harbor is noticeably cleaner. A 1996 Boston Globe article touted, "the harbor clean-up has turned into one of the remarkable success stories of recent years."

A volunteer learns about water chemistry with the Wetlands Health Assessment Program.

However, Boston Harbor is just a tiny fraction of the MassBays region. MassBays and its partners have made great strides in improving the health of the estuarine environment, with an understanding of the importance and inevitability of human uses and impacts.

  • MassBays works through collaborative planning.
    From the writing of the CCMP to restoring estuarine resources such as salt marshes, MassBays works in a collaborative structure emphasizing the role of communities.
  • MassBays provides technical support and assistance to communities.
    MassBays assists municipalities in seeking funds and passing bylaws, and holds technical workshops for local officials. Projects include working with communities to restore anadromous fisheries in coastal rivers and to restore tidal flow in wetland sites. MassBays also assists conservation agents and planners to reduce land use impacts to threatened coastal resources.
  • MassBays cultivates environmental education and stewardship.
    MassBays conducts volunteer training programs to monitor the success of wetlands restoration projects, stormwater outfalls, swimming beaches, herring migration, and marine invasive species at numerous sites throughout Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays.