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.
Rain barrels collect and store a portion of the rainwater that runs out of a downspout or off of a roof, keeping this runoff out of our rivers and streams. This water is unsafe for drinking, but can be used to water plants or wash cars.
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.
Reduce EmissionsAvoid letting your car idle. Idling for even 10 seconds can waste fuel, damage your engine and pollute our air and water.
Reduce WasteInstead of single-use products, use reusable cloth items like canvas grocery bags, cloth napkins or cloth diapers.
Plant Trees and ShrubsPlant a buffer of trees and shrubs around the edge of your property to capture polluted runoff.
Recycle Used Motor OilProperly dispose of used motor oil and antifreeze. Many gas stations and landfills have oil recycling programs.
Stash Your TrashStow and secure used bags, bottles, fishing lines and other trash on your boat so litter doesn't fall into the water.
Reduce Pesticide UseMake your own garden insect repellents using common household items like garlic, vinegar and cooking oil.
Create an Infiltration TrenchInfiltration trenches are one of the most effective ways to keep polluted stormwater from reaching local waterways.
Take Shorter ShowersTake shorter showers. Cutting your shower time by five minutes can save 10-12 gallons of water per shower.
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.
11/26/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - For the fifth year, the Virginia Living Museum will celebrate the long and healthy life of its wild turkeys during the annual Turkey Pardoning. Enjoy exhibits and activities about wild turkeys and attend the brief ceremony at 11 a.m. when Newport News May
11/29/2014 Annapolis Maritime Museum (Annapolis,Maryland) - Come celebrate the holiday season with the Annapolis Maritime Museum at our First Annual Holiday Bazaar. Saturday November 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m The Holiday Bazaar with feature 24 local, diverse, artisans. These hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts,
11/29/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Since 1965, we have journeyed in the footsteps of the Magi, seeking the identity of a mysterious star which foretold the coming of a king. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archeology has revealed new clues about the lands in which thes
12/07/2014 Elk Neck State Park (North East,Maryland) - The Holiday season is here; are you ready?! Come on out and make that special someone a gift to remember. All ages are welcome! $3 per person or $10 for a family of four. Call to make your reservations today!
12/09/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - The Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool students, grades K through 12, an afternoon of fun and engaging programs that highlight important science concepts. Four natural and space science programs are available for grades K through 6. An environmental