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.
Composting is a cost-effective way to reduce your carbon footprint and put organic waste to work. Your homemade compost can then be used to feed household and garden plants.
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.
Avoid Pesticide PollutionIf a pesticide spills or leaks, don't use a hose to clean up. Soak up the liquid with an absorbent material like sawdust or kitty litter, then sweep the material into a plastic bag and clean the area with a mixture of water and bleach.
Prevent SpillsBecause gasoline can expand and contract, it's best to only fill your boat's gas tank about 90 percent of the way full. This leaves room for gas to expand without overflowing the tank.
Recycle Used VehiclesIf your car is nearing the end of its life with you, you don’t have to send it to the junk yard—you can donate it! Many non-profits accept cars as donations and will repair or recycle the vehicle.
Plant Trees and ShrubsPlant more trees and shrubs in your yard to reduce erosion, capture runoff and provide habitat for wildlife.
Recycle Scrap TiresMost states ban tires from being disposed of at landfills, but you can take scrap tires to shops or retailers that will reuse, recycle or retread them.
Start an Environmental ClubStart or join an environmental club at your school to help raise awareness of Bay-related issues.
Properly Dispose of WasteEncourage your marina owner to maintain an adequate pump-out facility if one is not available.
Reduce EmissionsAvoid letting your car idle. Idling for even 10 seconds can waste fuel, damage your engine and pollute our air and water.
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.