NBPA works with the following conservation agencies:
New Bedford Conservation Commission
The NBPA coordinates directly with and maintains a good working relationship with the local Conservation Commission (the “ConCom”) on mitigation efforts for and permitting of all development projects located within the Harbor. The NBPA engages with the ConCom to ensure compliance with projects that fall under the jurisdiction of the state Wetlands Protection Act. The NBPA also engages the ConCom to identify ways the NBPA can lessen its impacts on natural resources as part of its Green Port program.
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and is the state's primary land management and natural resource planning agency. DCR oversees the state forest and park system. Specifically, in the Harbor, DCR rents out the Pope’s Island Marina slip assets to the NBPA under a lease agreement.
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game - Division of Marine Fisheries
The MA Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement (DFWELE) is responsible for management and conservation of the state's fisheries and wildlife, including rare and endangered species. The agency includes the Divisions of Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Marine Fisheries.
National Park Service
The National Park Service is the federal agency that manages New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Adjacent to the waterfront (across Route 18), New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park encompasses 34 acres in 13 city blocks. Established by Congress in 1996, the park preserves and interprets the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The Park Visitor Center is housed in a renovated 150-year-old Greek revival building located on William Street in downtown New Bedford. The legislation that created the park also established its connection with the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska, to commemorate more than 2,000 whaling voyages from New Bedford to the Western Arctic.