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 rainwater that runs out of a downspout or off of a roof, keeping runoff out of our rivers and streams. While unsafe for drinking, this water 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 wasteWhen buying school supplies, look for items made out of recycled materials. For example, buy notebooks and pencils made from 100% post-consumer content.
Prevent Fuel SpillsPrevent fuel spills by using a funnel and not "topping off" when you fill your boat's fuel tank.
Avoid Paved SurfacesInstead of asphalt or concrete, use porous surfaces like gravel or pavers to pave your driveway or patio.
Compost Fallen LeavesInstead of spending hours raking, blowing and bagging fallen leaves, try composting them instead.
Reduce Polluted RunoffMake sure your home's downspouts drain onto grass or gravel rather than paved driveways or sidewalks.
Conserve WaterInstead of sprinklers, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water your lawn and garden.
Prevent ErosionTrying to build a garden on a sloped yard? To keep your topsoil from running into local waterways, you can build raised beds or create contours parallel to the slope of your yard.
Encourage recyclingCheck out your school’s recycling programs. Are recycling bins available and are people encouraged to use them? Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled, and spread the word.
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.