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.
Fallen leaves shouldn't end up in the landfill or the burn pile. Instead, consider mulching, composting or curbside collection.
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.
Dispose of Chemicals ProperlyFollow safe (and legal) disposal methods for household chemicals like paint or motor oil.
Avoid Bay Grass BedsSteer clear of bay grass beds in shallow waters to avoid harming this critical habitat and food source.
Reduce Polluted RunoffIf a pesticide spills or leaks, don't use a hose to clean up. Soak up the liquid with an absorbent material like sawdust or kitty litter, sweep the material into a plastic bag and clean the area with a mixture of water and bleach.
Properly Dispose of WasteEncourage your marina owner to maintain an adequate pump-out facility if one is not available.
Reduce Pesticide UseInstead of applying chemical pesticides to your sidewalk or garden, use boiling water to kill weeds, ant colonies and other pests.
Reduce EmissionsWhen possible, walk, bike or take public transportation to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.
Don’t Use Fertilizer as a DeicerNever use lawn fertilizer as a deicer. It contains nutrients that can run off your property and pollute local waterways.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesThoroughly clean your boat hull and all fishing gear before moving to another body of water.
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.
12/20/2014 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
12/31/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - The whole family can enjoy this day-time western-themed New Year's event at the Virginia Living Museum. Come dressed as a cowpoke. Meet Bubbles the Clown and special animal friends form the Teeny Tiny Farm, make crafts, play games and enjoy fun activities
01/01/2015 Elk Neck State Park (North East,Maryland) - Ring in the New Year by breaking in your hiking boots! Join a Ranger on an invigorating two mile trek on the Beaver Marsh Trail, exploring upland forests and marshy habitats along the way. Meet at the Beaver Marsh trailhead in the Rogue's Harbor area. Don
01/10/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Free sky observing begins at sunset Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Virginia Living Museum. Take a tour of the current night sky in the planetarium show "Virginia Skies" at 7:30 p.m. Then, the planetarium's brilliant LED laser system accompanies the music of "i
01/15/2015 Annapolis Maritime Museum (Annapolis,Maryland) - The Annapolis Maritime Museum's 2015 Winter Lecture Series Sessions will be held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. from January 15, 2015 through March 5, 2015. The series features a diverse range of topics and presenters. For additional information please visit the