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Take Action

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.

How to Deice the Bay-Friendly Way

In large doses, many popular snow and ice removal methods can be harmful to our local waterways. Read on for some helpful guidelines for removing snow and ice the Bay-friendly way.


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.

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Reduce Polluted Runoff

Make sure your home's downspouts drain onto grass or gravel rather than paved driveways or sidewalks.

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Conserve Water

Put a sand-filled jug in your toilet tank. You'll save about one half-gallon of water with each flush.

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Know Your Grass

Identify the grass growing in your yard so you can care for it properly. For example, cool-season grasses are best fertilized in fall.

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Use Native Plants

Plant native flowers, shrubs and trees. They often require less water and can attract birds, butterflies and honeybees.

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Stash Your Trash

Stow and secure used bags, bottles, fishing lines and other trash on your boat so litter doesn't fall into the water.

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Prevent Invasive Species

Thoroughly clean your boat hull and all fishing gear before moving to another body of water.

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Reduce Air Pollution

Use electric or manual lawn mowers and yard tools instead of gas-powered machines that can pollute our air.

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Fish Responsibly

Follow fishing regulations like size or bag limits to help protect the Bay's fish stocks.

Attend an event

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.

Join a group

See our directory of watershed organizations that includes contact information for more than 600 nonprofit organizations that are actively working to restore and conserve natural resources and create sustainable communities across the Chesapeake watershed.

watershed orgs

Looking to join a watershed organization near you? Enter your address below to find out what groups are doing great things to restore and protect the environment in your locality.

Visit the Chesapeake

Summer Recreation - Summers are made for recreation and relaxation on the Chesapeake. Join the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network at some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the nation for boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching and other leisure activities. Take a walk along land trails and marvel in the beauty of the Bay watershed.

Anacostia Park

Anacostia Park provides extraordinary coverage of the Anacostia River, encompassing 1200 acres along five miles of the river. This urban Washington DC park, once the home of the Nacotchtank Indians and later prosperous farmers, is now a multi-use recreational park with extensive shoreline access.

Chippokes Plantation State Park

Located along the James River in Surry, Virginia, Chippokes Plantation State Park is a living historical exhibit, which has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s. Chippokes has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails.

Elk Neck State Park

With more than 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands and heavily wooded bluffs on Maryland's Western Shore, Elk Neck State Park has activities that every member of the family can enjoy. Hike up one of the many trails, take a swim in the river, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park area.

North Point State Park

Hike or bike down a trail at North Point State Park on Maryland's Western Shore and observe local wildlife, including muskrats, beavers, foxes, otters, ospreys, great blue herons, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and bald eagles. You also can fish, flatwater canoe, or sail on the Chesapeake.

Sandy Point State Park

Swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, and windsurfing are available at Sandy Point State Park on Maryland's Western Shore at the base of the Bay Bridge. The Park also is equipped with beautiful beaches and picnic areas for the whole family to enjoy.

See more places to visit.

Public Access

Public access points are places anyone can visit to swim, hike, paddle or simply enjoy the history and natural beauty of the Chesapeake. Providing access to natural areas helps the public build a connection with the rivers, forests and wildlife of the Bay watershed. Check out our interactive map with over 1000 public access points around the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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