All National Estuary Programs – including MassBays – are guided by a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP). The CCMP identifies the work needed to be done to maintain and improve the ecological integrity of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. 

MassBays presented a revised new CCMP pdf format of 2015 CCMP for Public Comment
file size 2MB, for public comment in April 2015. A final plan that addresses all comments received is in development, with plans to submit a final version to EPA for approval by early 2016. 

When the CCMP was originally drafted in 1996, MassBays worked with state and federal agencies, organizations and municipalities to identify action plans and who would be responsible to carry them out. Review just the Action Steps of the first CCMP or the original CCMP in its entirety. 

Last revised in 2003, the CCMP was due for an update. MassBays staff, Regional Coordinators, and the Management Committee solicited input from stakeholders and drew from our past work in the regions, aligning our efforts with municipal, state, and federal partners to produce a plan that:

  • Identifies realistic goals and ways to measure progress toward those goals.
  • Lists strategic actions to be taken over the next 5 to 8 years.
  • Provides a framework for education & outreach to multiple audiences.
  • Defines our region’s contribution to larger (Gulf of Maine/New England/North East coastal) monitoring efforts.

2003 Revisions to the CCMP

In 2003, building upon the original CCMP, MassBays created a companion piece that could be reviewed alongside the original plan. The revised CCMP pdf format of 2003 Revisions to the CCMP
included seventeen new action items and two new action plans. 

CCMP 2000 Progress Report

In 2000, MassBays and its partners took a long, hard look at the CCMP and the progress that had been made since its release. MassBays found that many of the goals and work that had been proposed had either been completed or were well underway, and that some new challenges had emerged. It was clearly time to refine MassBays' goals. The 2000 Progress Report  pdf format of 2000 Progress Report
file size 3MB showcases the MBP's successes between 1990-2000.

The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program is a cooperative venture of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Charlie Baker, Governor; Karyn E. Polito, Lieutenant Governor
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary
Office of Coastal Zone Management - Bruce K. Carlisle, Director
Massachusetts Bays Program - Pamela A. DiBona, Executive Director