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.
A simple test can let you know what nutrients are in your soil, and what nutrients are lacking. Learn how to test your soil to help garden plants grow their best.
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.
Maintain Your Septic SystemDo not plant trees or shrubs near your septic drain field. Roots clog septic drain lines and cause overflows.
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.
Conserve WaterLet trees create their own mulch! Allow leaves and other plant matter to collect under your trees to maintain moisture, control temperature and prevent erosion.
Plant Trees and ShrubsPlant more trees and shrubs in your yard to reduce erosion, capture runoff and provide habitat for wildlife.
Use Native PlantsNative flowers, shrubs and trees often require less water and can provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies and honeybees.
Conserve WaterPut a sand-filled jug in your toilet tank. You'll save about one half-gallon of water with each flush.
Create an Infiltration TrenchInfiltration trenches are one of the most effective ways to keep polluted stormwater from reaching local waterways.
Fish ResponsiblyPractice proper catch-and-release fishing techniques to avoid harming and killing the Bay's fish.
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.