Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Program Take Action section. Here you can find a bunch of ways to connect with the Chesapeake Bay and all it offers.
Fallen leaves shouldn't end up in the landfill or the burn pile. Instead, consider mulching, composting or curbside collection.
For Bay restoration to be a success, we all must do our part. Our everyday actions - from fertilizing our lawns and using water to driving our cars to work and school - have a major impact on the Bay, one that can't be fixed by government and non-profit restoration partners alone. By making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations to enjoy.
Reduce WasteIf your car is nearing the end of its life with you, don’t send it to the junk yard—donate it! Many non-profits accept cars as donations and will repair or recycle the vehicle.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesNever dump bait or aquarium species into a storm drain or body of water. Introduced species can become invasive.
Share ResourcesIf you live in an urban or metropolitan region, don’t buy your own car. Instead, utilize ride-sharing services, carpooling or public transit. Not owning a car reduces your carbon footprint on average.
Reduce Polluted RunoffApply no more than the recommended amount of deicer to melt ice on your steps or driveway.
Start an Environmental ClubStart or join an environmental club at your school to help raise awareness of Bay-related issues.
Use Toxic-Free Cleaning ProductsUse eco-friendly cleaning products to keep toxic chemicals out of our waterways. Plain soap and water can rid surfaces of bacteria and are safer for our water supply.
Reduce GreywaterUse phosphate-free or biodegradable soaps when you need them on the water, but save washing dishes and showers for land whenever possible.
Find a fun and exciting Bay-related event to attend with this list of upcoming events happening across the Chesapeake watershed. Events range from nature workshops for children and families to bird walks to restoration activities like trash clean-ups and invasive plant removals.
05/30/2015 National Aquarium in Baltimore (Baltimore,Maryland) - Celebrate 48 Days of Blue! Join staff from Blue Water Baltimore to build your own rain barrel! Rain barrels are an easy way for you to harness stormwater, lower your water bill, and reduce pollution in our streams. All of the necessary tools and instru
05/30/2015 Nathan of Dorchester (Cambridge,Maryland) - Enjoy a 2-Hour Sail on a traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack on the beautiful Choptank River. Depart from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Each sail is unique depending on wind, weather, captain and crew. On most 2-hour sails we demonstrate oyster dredging. For
06/06/2015 Elk Neck State Park (North East,Maryland) - Get a jumpstart into celebrating 'Great Outdoors Month' by joining a Ranger on National Trails Day to hike the Beaver Marsh Trail. Have your hiking shoes ready to enjoy and explore Mountain Laurel filled forests and lively marshy habitats. Meet at the Bea
06/06/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Celebrate the world's oceans with a day of family activities at the Virginia Living Museum designed to raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation. See displays of ocean specimens from the museum's non-live natural history collections, explore
06/06/2015 Nathan of Dorchester (Cambridge,Maryland) - Enjoy a 2-Hour Sail on a traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack on the beautiful Choptank River. Depart from Long Wharf, Cambridge. Each sail is unique depending on wind, weather, captain and crew. On most 2-hour sails we demonstrate oyster dredging. For