Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MASSBAYS)

MassBays is an EPA National Estuary Program dedicated to protecting, restoring, and enhancing the estuarine resources of Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts Bay, and Cape Cod Bay.

Who we serve

Established as a National Estuary Program in 1990, the MassBays region covers more than 1000 miles of coastline, from the tip of Cape Cod Bay to the New Hampshire border, and serves 50 coastal communities. To provide technical assistance to all communities in the planning area, MassBays has teamed up with five partnering organizations to host MassBays regional coordinators. The regional coordinators work closely with communities to implement program goals and objectives in five coastal subregions: Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore, Metro Boston, South Shore, and Cape Cod.

For a complete list of our programs visit the Site Map.

The EPA National Estuary Program

The EPA National Estuary Program (NEP) was established under Section 320 of the Clean Water Act to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance. There are currently 28 estuaries from around the U.S. in this program. To learn more about the NEPs visit the NEP Story Map. This interactive tool describes the vital resources of each estuary and highlights the role of local partnerships in protecting these resources and addressing the issues they face. 

Visit the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program Story Map
 

Announcements

Seeking someone great: Metro Boston Regional Coordinator position

Northeastern University is seeking a qualified scientist to serve as MassBays Regional Coordinator and Associate Research Scientist.  

As the MassBays Metro Boston Regional Coordinator & Associate Research Scientist, this position will work with faculty at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center and other campuses, the MassBays staff, and stakeholders throughout the region to foster desired outcomes for the Bays (e.g., improved habitat continuity and resilience, robust interagency and interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships). 

In addition to serving as the MassBays Metro-Boston Regional Coordinator & Associate Research Scientist, this position will participate in ongoing coastal habitat research at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center. 

For more information and to submit an application see the job posting. Applications are due October 10th. Contact Jon Grabowski if you have any questions. 

Public review of MassBays' 10-year comprehensive plan is underway

MassBays is seeking your input on our 10-year Comprehensive Plan for the Bays. The plan serves as a blueprint for MassBays' work in the estuaries. More information about this important and exciting process is provided here, or join us at one of the regional meetings to provide your input in person. 

Recent news & announcements from Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program

Press Release

State Environmental Officials Award Funds to Improve Habitat Health in Ipswich Bay and Massachusetts Bay 

5/04/2018 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Locations of Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program

Image credits:  Salem Sound (N. Moreno)

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