Buzzards Bay is at a crossroads in the battle against old and new sources of pollution, and the path taken could decide the future of this vast natural resource, according to a recent report by the Coalition for Buzzards Bay.
Gains have been made over the last eight years in combating bacteria and toxic pollution — so-called "old pollution" — but those improvements were offset by an increase in the nitrogen pollution affecting the waters of Buzzards Bay, according to the report.
"We're at the tipping point," said Mark Rasmussen, the coalition's president.
"Are the nitrogen sources, and our lack of ability to deal with these new sources of pollution, going to completely overtake our ability to get gains in the old stuff? ... I'm afraid that's where it's headed."