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.
Each year, between 22 and 55 tons of electronics enter the waste stream. Most end up in an incinerator or a landfill, but you can help keep our air, land and water clean by recycling your mobile phone, personal computer and other electronic devices.
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.
Fertilize in the FallIf you need to fertilize your lawn, do it during the fall months. Spring rains will wash fertilizer off lawns and into local waters.
Reduce Pesticide UseInstead of applying chemical pesticides to your sidewalk or garden, use boiling water to kill weeds, ant colonies and other pests.
Improve Wildlife HabitatPlant a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in your yard to attract different kinds of wildlife.
Fix Leaky FaucetsFix leaky toilets and faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
Install a Low-Flow ShowerheadInstalling a low-flow showerhead can help save about one gallon of water per minute.
Be Bay-Friendly at WorkEncourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.
Take Shorter ShowersTake shorter showers. By cutting your shower time by five minutes, you can save 10 to 12 gallons of water per shower.
Reduce GreywaterWhen you need soap on the water, make sure to use phosphate-free or biodegradable products. But whenever possible, save dish-washing and showering for land!
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.