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.
Most of us can’t stop driving altogether. But there are lots of ways we can send less pollution into our air and water – and save a few extra gallons at the same time.
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.
Install a Low-Flow ShowerheadInstall a low-flow showerhead, which can save about one gallon of water per minute.
Prevent Fuel SpillsPrevent fuel spills by using a funnel and not "topping off" when you fill your boat's fuel tank.
Use Pesticides ProperlyNever use more pesticides than you need. Take care to store chemicals properly so containers do not leak.
Reduce Polluted RunoffApply no more than the recommended amount of deicer to melt ice on your steps or driveway.
Don’t Use Fertilizer as a DeicerNever use lawn fertilizer as a deicer. It contains nutrients that can run off your property and pollute local waterways.
Reduce EmissionsCut back on the vehicle emissions caused by commuting. Encourage working from home or biking, taking public transit, carpooling or walking to work.
Prevent ErosionWant a garden but have a sloped yard? Create contours parallel to the slope of your yard or build raised beds to keep your topsoil from entering the waterways.
Save EnergyMost of the energy required for washing clothes is spent heating water. To save energy, set your washing machine to cold water or the woolens setting.
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.
04/25/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The
04/25/2015 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Baltimore,Maryland) - Give a day for the Bay! Join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) for a field day at the Fort McHenry wetland! We will plant trees to celebrate Arbor Day, remove debris from the wetlands, maintain the butterfly and rain garden, and much more. Data collec
05/02/2015 Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons,Maryland) - Celebrate Southern Maryland heritage at the 10th annual Solomons Maritime Festival. Antique boats and motors, master maritime carvers, home crafts and cooking demonstrations, traditional music and storytelling, children's games and crafts, and boat rides
05/02/2015 Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons,Maryland) - The Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show is a popular component of the Solomons Maritime Festival. Admission to the show and museum is free. Marine engines and vintage boats from enthusiasts around the country will be on display in front of the mus
05/02/2015 Elk Neck State Park (North East,Maryland) - Experience the Turkey Point Lighthouse Trail like you never have before! Enjoy a moderately paced hike out to the lighthouse and then stretch out your stress with beginner-friendly yoga. Please wear exercise appropriate clothing and bring water and a yoga