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.
This Japanese art of fish printing was developed over 100 years ago as a way for fisherman to record the size and species of their catch.
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.
Save EnergyUnplug appliances like coffeemakers, toasters and televisions when no one is using them. For harder to reach outlets, plug devices into a power strip that can easily be switched off.
Fertilize in the FallIf you need to fertilize your lawn, do it during the fall months. Spring rains will wash fertilizer off lawns and into local waters.
Conserve WaterScraping or wiping off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher allows you to skip the pre-wash cycle and save water.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesNever dump bait or aquarium species into a storm drain or body of water. Introduced species can become invasive.
Prevent SpillsBecause gasoline can expand and contract, it's best to only fill your boat's gas tank about 90 percent of the way full. This leaves room for gas to expand without overflowing the tank.
Improve Wildlife HabitatPlant a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in your yard to attract different kinds of wildlife.
Reduce Pesticide UseMake your own garden insect repellents using common household items like garlic, vinegar and cooking oil.
Compost Kitchen ScrapsInstead of throwing kitchen scraps down the garbage disposal, compost them to create a rich soil for potted and in-ground plants.
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.