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.
Rain barrels collect and store a portion of the rainwater that runs out of a downspout or off of a roof, keeping this runoff out of our rivers and streams. This water is unsafe for drinking, but can be used to water plants or wash cars.
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.
Use Native PlantsPlant native flowers, shrubs and trees. They often require less water and can attract birds, butterflies and honeybees.
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.
Properly Dispose of WasteEncourage your marina owner to maintain an adequate pump-out facility if one is not available.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesNever dump bait or aquarium species into a storm drain or body of water. Introduced species can become invasive.
Save FuelDrive less aggressively. Rapid acceleration and frequent breaking increases fuel consumption and can endanger yourself and others.
Save EnergyUnplug appliances like coffeemakers, toasters and televisions when they are not in use. For harder to reach outlets, you can plug devices into a power strip that can easily be switched off.
Reduce Air PollutionUse electric or manual lawn mowers and yard tools instead of gas-powered machines that can pollute our air.
Prevent ErosionWant a garden but have a sloped yard? Create contours parallel to the slope of your yard or build raised beds to keep your topsoil from entering the 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.
03/31/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - NASA science pushes the boundaries of our knowledge about Earth, our Solar System and the universe. Learn about it in this talk by Dr. Ellen Stofan, principal advisor on NASA's science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Our s
04/10/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - The Virginia Living Museum's third annual Birding Cup event encourages people to go outdoors, breathe in fresh air, walk, look and listen throughout the Peninsula's wild and not so wild areas. This event is a timed search for as many species of birds as c
04/11/2015 Nassawango Creek Preserve (Snow Hill,Maryland) - Join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) and plant Atlantic white cedar seedlings at the beautiful Nassawango Creek Preserve in Snow Hill, MD. This tree species is considered rare in the state of Maryland. Pre-registration is required for all conservat
04/11/2015 Elk Neck State Park (North East,Maryland) - Longhouses, barns and CCC camps, oh my! Sit by the fire and listen to tales of Elk Neck's past and learn about how Elk Neck State Park was created nearly 80 years ago during the Great Depression. Call for more details and to make your reservation! Day-use
04/11/2015 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Free sky observing begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. Explore the evening skies above Virginia in the planetarium show "Virginia Skies" at 7:30 p.m. Then enjoy music accompanied by dazzling laser light effects in the planetarium shows "Hypnot