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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 Deice the Bay-Friendly Way

In large doses, many popular snow and ice removal methods can be harmful to our local waterways. There are many ways to keep walkways safe while also helping to reduce pollution.


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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Keep Sewage On Board

Keep sewage on board your boat in a portable toilet or holding tank. Dispose of it only at an approved pump-out facility.

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Save Fuel

Take advantage of your car's cruise control! This feature helps maintain a constant speed, which can reduce fuel consumption.

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Use Reusable Products

Instead of single-use products, use reusable cloth items like canvas grocery bags, cloth napkins or cloth diapers.

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Reduce Air Pollution

Use electric or manual lawn mowers and yard tools instead of gas-powered machines that can pollute our air.

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Keep Fertilizer Off Hard Surfaces

Keep lawn fertilizer off hard surfaces like walkways and driveways, where it can easily wash into storm drains.

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Compost Kitchen Scraps

Instead of throwing kitchen scraps down the garbage disposal, compost them to create a rich soil for potted and in-ground plants.

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Observe Wake Laws

Following speed limits and no-wake laws helps avoid churning up sediment, harming underwater grasses and eroding nearby shorelines.

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Save Fuel

Avoid hauling cargo on your roof rack. Transporting items on top of your car increases drag and uses more fuel.

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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