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.
Most of us can’t stop driving altogether. But there are lots of ways we can send less pollution into our air and water – and save a few extra gallons at the same time.
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.
“Grasscycle” Lawn ClippingsInstead of fertilizing, leave leftover grass clippings on your lawn for a natural source of nitrogen.
Use Pesticides ProperlyNever use more pesticides than you need. Take care to store chemicals properly so containers do not leak.
Reduce Pesticide UseInstead of applying chemical pesticides to your sidewalk or garden, use boiling water to kill weeds, ant colonies and other pests.
Reduce EmissionsWhen possible, walk, bike or take public transportation to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.
Keep Sewage On BoardKeep sewage on board your boat in a portable toilet or holding tank. Dispose of it only at an approved pump-out facility.
Reduce EmissionsAvoid letting your car idle. Idling for even 10 seconds can waste fuel, damage your engine and pollute our air and water.
Reduce Polluted RunoffApply no more than the recommended amount of deicer to melt ice on your steps or driveway.
Use Fertilizer ProperlyDo not apply fertilizer to dormant lawns or frozen ground, where it could easily run off your property and into storm drains.
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.
01/31/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Get ready for Groundhog Day with this Saturday event at the VLM. There will be special groundhog activities and crafts as well as a chance to meet Chesapeake Chuck, the Museum's resident groundhog! Included in museum admission. A planetarium program will
02/02/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Forget Punxsutawney Phil; he has nothing on Hampton Roads' own Chesapeake Chuck! The Virginia Living Museum's resident groundhog will make his annual appearance to determine if we'll experience 6 more weeks of winter or have an early spring. Will Chesape
02/06/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, fabulous food from 18 area restaurants, an eclectic mix of live music and a huge silent auction at the Virginia Living Museum's 11th annual Bacchus Wine and Food Festival, a "Best of the 757" gala. 7-10 p.m. Ticket
02/07/2015 Virginia Living Museum planetarium (Newport News,Virginia) - "Follow the Drinking Gourd" takes us back to the days when freedom was a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American fami
02/12/2015 Dorchester Historical Society (Cambridge,Maryland) - The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, docked in Cambridge, is looking for volunteers for sail crew, docents, maintenance, and administrative functions. If interested, please come to this Orientation Session and information presentation for an overview of