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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 Practice Gyotaku

This Japanese art of fish printing was developed over 100 years ago as a way for fisherman to record the size and species of their catch.


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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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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Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Installing a low-flow showerhead can help save about one gallon of water per minute.

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Keep Your Drain Fat-Free

Don't pour fat, oil or grease down your drain, where they can clog pipes and lead to sewage overflows over time.

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Create a Rain Garden

Rain gardens can add value to your home and absorb more water than a conventional lawn.

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Use Toxic-Free Personal Products

Use eco-friendly lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to keep toxic chemicals from washing off of our bodies and into our waterways.

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Reduce Runoff

Protect the soil below your gutter downspout by using drainage tiles or splash blocks to redirect and slow stormwater, or by letting downspouts flow into rain barrels, rain gardens or a permeable layer of rocks.

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Use Pesticides Properly

Never use more pesticides than you need. Take care to store chemicals properly so containers do not leak.

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Use Fertilizer Properly

Do not apply fertilizer to dormant lawns or frozen ground, where it could easily run off your property and into storm drains.


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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