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How to Contact Us and Program Structure

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program is an advisory and planning unit of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. We receive funding from, and are part of, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program. Created in 1985, the Buzzards Bay NEP completed a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Bay in 1991. This plan is a blueprint for the protection and restoration of water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its watershed, and was updated in 2013 (go to our CCMP page for more information). Today, the Buzzards Bay NEP provides funding and technical assistance to municipalities and citizens to implement the recommended actions contained in the Management Plan.

The views or information contained here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the US EPA.


Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program
2870 Cranberry Highway
East Wareham, MA 02538

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Staff & Communications

Staff and Phone extensions (508-291-3625 ext):

Dr. Joe Costa is the Buzzards Bay NEP Executive Director. Ext. 11.
Tracy Warncke is the Buzzards Bay NEP Administrative Assistant. Ext. 10.
Kevin Bartsch is the Buzzards Bay NEP Stormwater Specialist. Ext. 14.
Bernadette Taber is the Buzzards Bay NEP Stormwater Specialist. Ext. 16.
Sarah Williams is the Buzzards Bay NEP Regional Planner. Ext. 13.

Fax: (508) 291-3628


A brief report, “The Big Picture.” A PDF file

Buzzards Bay NEP Steering Committee

The Buzzards Bay NEP’s activities and work plan are overseen and approved by a 6-member Steering Committee composed of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) and two nonprofits: the Buzzards Bay Action Committee, which is composed of municipal officials, and the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a citizen-based group. Both the Action Committee and the Coalition were offshoots of the Project’s Citizen Advisory Committee, which split in 1987 and led to the formation of these two independent nonprofit organizations. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries also participates on an advisory basis.