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 EmissionsCarpool to work or school to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.
Reduce Polluted RunoffApply no more than the recommended amount of deicer to melt ice on your steps or driveway.
Avoid Bay Grass BedsSteer clear of bay grass beds in shallow waters to avoid harming this critical habitat and food source.
Reduce Polluted RunoffBring your car to a car wash instead of washing it at home. Car washes often clean and recycle wash water.
Dispose of Medicine ProperlyTo keep medicine out of our waterways, don't pour expired or leftover drugs down the sink or flush them down the toilet. Instead, return unused medicine to a consumer drug return location or foul your medication with coffee grounds or cat litter and put it in the trash.
Conserve WaterScrape or wipe off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher to skip the pre-wash cycle and save water.
Reduce EmissionsWhen possible, walk, bike or take public transportation to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.
Use Fertilizer ProperlyDo not apply fertilizer to drainage areas in your yard, where it could easily run off your property.
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.
10/25/2014 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Baltimore,Maryland) - Give a day for the Bay! Join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) for a debris cleanup and other activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Data collected from this event will contribute to the larger International Coastal Cleanup
10/25/2014 Nathan of Dorchester (Cambridge,Maryland) - Experience a 2-hour sail on the scenic Choptank River on the last skipjack built for oyster dredging. Watch the crew dredge for oysters with a hand dredge, and see what comes onboard. Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary!
10/26/2014 Nathan of Dorchester (Cambridge,Maryland) - Experience a one hour sail on the scenic Choptank River on the last skipjack built for oyster dredging. Conditions permitting, watch the crew dredge for oysters with a hand dredge, and see what comes onboard. Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary!
11/01/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Explore the diversity of life deep in the ocean's wilderness in "Beyond the Edge of the Sea." The exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum highlights work by scientific illustrator Karen Jacobsen, who accompanied Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover on many expeditions t
11/01/2014 Historic St. Mary's City (St. Mary's City,Maryland) - Deer hunting season has begun; learn what you can do with the hide. Historic St. Mary's City is hosting a Hide Tanning Workshop on Saturday, November 1; from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Discover how to tan deer skin in the same manner as the Native People of M