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.
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.
Turn Off the FaucetSave water and the Bay by turning off the faucet while you shave, brush your teeth and wash dishes.
Conserve WaterLet trees create their own mulch! Allow leaves and other plant matter to collect under your trees to maintain moisture, control temperature and prevent erosion.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesThoroughly clean your boat hull and all fishing gear before moving to another body of water.
Be Bay-Friendly at WorkEncourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.
Save EnergyMuch of our home energy is supplied by coal, the burning of which sends pollutants into the air. If possible, set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to cut down on your energy use.
Save FuelRapid acceleration and frequent breaking increases fuel consumption, and can endanger yourself and others. Driving less aggressively lets you save fuel and keep safe.
Conserve WaterPut a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up. Use the extra water for plants or pet bowls.
Create an Infiltration TrenchInfiltration trenches are one of the most effective ways to keep polluted stormwater from reaching local waterways.
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.