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 remove organic matter from the waste cycle and reduce your carbon footprint. Once you create compost, it can be used to feed your 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.
Compost Fallen LeavesInstead of spending hours raking, blowing and bagging fallen leaves, try composting them instead.
Use Pesticides ProperlyNever use more pesticides than you need. Take care to store chemicals properly so containers do not leak.
Share ResourcesIf you live in an urban or metropolitan region, don’t buy your own car. Instead, utilize ride-sharing services, carpooling or public transit. Not owning a car reduces your carbon footprint on average.
Reduce Polluted RunoffIf 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, sweep the material into a plastic bag and clean the area with a mixture of water and bleach.
Reduce Polluted RunoffMake sure your home's downspouts drain onto grass or gravel rather than paved driveways or sidewalks.
Prevent PollutionOnly fill your gas tank 90% of the way full. This leaves room for gas to expand when it warms up without overflowing the tank.
Use Fertilizer ProperlyDo not apply fertilizer to drainage areas in your yard, where it could easily run off your property.
Use Fertilizer ProperlyDo not apply fertilizer to dormant lawns or frozen ground, where it could easily run off your property and into storm drains.
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.
03/08/2015 Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons,Maryland) - Presented by Dr. Lars Krutak as part of the Stories Skin Deep Tattoo Series. Anthropologist, photographer, and author Dr. Lars Krutak will discuss the messages encoded in ancient and more contemporary forms of tattooing, using word, imagery, and video to
03/14/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world! View more than 70 live frogs from across the globe, complete with their noisy croaks, yaps, chirps, whoops, snores and whistles, all housed in detailed ha
03/14/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Free sky observing begins at sunset. Explore the evening skies above Virginia in the planetarium show "Virginia Skies" at 7:30 p.m. Then enjoy music accompanied by dazzling laser light effects in the planetarium shows "ElectroPop" at 8:30, "Laser Queen" a
03/15/2015 Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons,Maryland) - Presented by Jay Coleman, tattoo artist, historian, and educator living in Washington, DC. Lecture part of the Stories Skin Deep Tattoo Series. Join us in the Harms Gallery.
03/16/2015 Ferguson Center Concert Hall (Newport News,Virginia) - Asteroid impacts! Cometary debris! Extinction level events! These are the topics covered in this science-based but fun look at giant impacts from cosmic objects. Dr. Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) talks about how these events have shaped our history, how