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.
Composting is a cost-effective way to reduce your carbon footprint and put organic waste to work. Your homemade compost can then be used to feed household and garden plants.
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.
Conserve WaterPut a sand-filled jug in your toilet tank. You'll save about one half-gallon of water with each flush.
Prevent PollutionWhen doing maintenance work on your boat, make sure to stay on land instead of at the dock or in the water. If work is done off land, take precautions to keep waste from the water.
Reduce wasteUse a lunch box instead of plastic or paper bags for lunch. Buy reusable, sealed containers for drinks, sandwiches, snacks and other lunch items instead of re-sealable plastic bags.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesNever dump bait or aquarium species into a storm drain or body of water. Introduced species can become invasive.
Drive LessWhen possible, walk, bike or take public transportation to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.
Create an Infiltration TrenchInfiltration trenches are one of the most effective ways to keep polluted stormwater from reaching local waterways.
Reduce Polluted RunoffInstead of washing your car at home, bring it to a car wash! Commercial car washes clean and often recycle their wash water.
Stash Your TrashStow and secure used bags, bottles, fishing lines and other trash on your boat so litter doesn't fall into the 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.