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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 Test Your Soil

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.


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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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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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Recycle Scrap Tires

Most 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.

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Conserve Water

Let trees create their own mulch! Allow leaves and other plant matter to collect under your trees to maintain moisture, control temperature and prevent erosion.

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Plant Trees and Shrubs

Plant more trees and shrubs in your yard to reduce erosion, capture runoff and provide habitat for wildlife.

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Use Native Plants

Native flowers, shrubs and trees often require less water and can provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies and honeybees.

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Conserve Water

Put a sand-filled jug in your toilet tank. You'll save about one half-gallon of water with each flush.

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Create an Infiltration Trench

Infiltration trenches are one of the most effective ways to keep polluted stormwater from reaching local waterways.

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Fish Responsibly

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


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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