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.
Create a Rain GardenRain gardens can add value to your home and absorb more water than a conventional lawn.
Reduce Polluted RunoffWash your car on grass or gravel rather than pavement so soapy, grimy wash water won't run off your property.
Clean Your Boat ProperlyUse extreme caution when painting and cleaning your boat to avoid polluting the water.
Compost Kitchen ScrapsInstead of throwing kitchen scraps down the garbage disposal, compost them to create a rich soil for potted and in-ground plants.
Properly Dispose of WasteEncourage your marina owner to maintain an adequate pump-out facility if one is not available.
Take Shorter ShowersTake shorter showers. Cutting your shower time by five minutes can save 10-12 gallons of water per shower.
Stash Your TrashStow and secure used bags, bottles, fishing lines and other trash on your boat so litter doesn't fall into the water.
Avoid Bay Grass BedsSteer clear of bay grass beds in shallow waters to avoid harming this critical habitat and food source.
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.