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Take Action

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.

How to Begin Birding This Winter

Cold weather doesn’t have to keep you from exploring nature in the Bay region. Winter bird watching is a great way to learn more about local wildlife and contribute to citizen science.


Tips

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.

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Fish Responsibly

Practice proper catch-and-release fishing techniques to avoid harming and killing the Bay's fish.

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Reduce Polluted Runoff

Wash your car on grass or gravel rather than pavement so soapy, grimy wash water won't run off your property.

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Maintain Your Septic System

Do not plant trees or shrubs near your septic drain field. Roots clog septic drain lines and cause overflows.

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Prevent Invasive Species

Never dump bait or aquarium species into a storm drain or body of water. Introduced species can become invasive.

Photo Credit: Andy Powell

Avoid Pesticide Pollution

If 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.

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Share Resources

Living in an urban or metropolitan region can make it easy to avoid owning a car. Instead, utilize ride-sharing services, carpooling or public transit. By not driving, you can reduce your average carbon footprint.

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Don’t Use Fertilizer as a Deicer

Never use lawn fertilizer as a deicer. It contains nutrients that can run off your property and pollute local waterways.

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Fertilize in the Fall

If you need to fertilize your lawn, do it during the fall months. Spring rains will wash fertilizer off lawns and into local waters.


Attend an event

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.


Join a group

See our directory of watershed organizations that includes contact information for more than 600 nonprofit organizations that are actively working to restore and conserve natural resources and create sustainable communities across the Chesapeake watershed.

watershed orgs

Looking to join a watershed organization near you? Enter your address below to find out what groups are doing great things to restore and protect the environment in your locality.

Public Access

Public access points are places anyone can visit to swim, hike, paddle or simply enjoy the history and natural beauty of the Chesapeake. Providing access to natural areas helps the public build a connection with the rivers, forests and wildlife of the Bay watershed. Check out our interactive map with over 1000 public access points around the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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