Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal are part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, an important shipping route for maritime commerce. Millions of tons of cargo pass through Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal annually, and hundreds of thousands of tons of goods leave or arrive in New Bedford as well. Our new waterborne commerce statistics page summarizes tonnage of various commodities shipped in and out of Buzzards Bay, and some of the commodities may surprise you. We also provide helpful links where you can find more information.
Did you know we have an interactive map on our climate page that shows the FEMA 100-yr floodplain (flood insurance rate map) and hurricane surge zones for the towns around Buzzards Bay? We also show the floodplain with 0, 1, 2 and 4 feet or potential sea level rise on our floodplain expansion map. Just zoom into any spot along Buzzards Bay that interests you and click on a shaded area to see the published flood elevation.