Nitrogen Pollution Plagues Upper Buzzards Bay

Buzzards Bay, Photo/NOAA

Wicked Local Wareham: Wareham native Joe Leggett, 55, remembers a time when the rivers in town were brimming with herring and smelt.

“You couldn’t even see the bottom because there were so many of them,” said Leggett.

He also remembers when scallops fresh from the bay were served up at local restaurants every day.

“We used to think we were getting ripped off if we were given sea scallops instead of the real bay scallops,” said Leggett. “It’s what really drove the economy here.”

However, during the ’70s and ’80s more and more cottages along the coastline were turned into year-round homes, and scallops started to disappear from the bay.

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