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.
Fallen leaves don't have to end up in the landfill or the burn pile. Instead, consider mulching, composting or curbside collection.
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.
Reduce Polluted RunoffMake sure your home's downspouts drain onto grass or gravel rather than paved driveways or sidewalks.
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.
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.
Use Fertilizer ProperlyMake sure to not apply fertilizer to drainage areas in your yard, where it could easily run off your property.
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.
Properly Dispose of WasteEncourage your marina owner to maintain an adequate pump-out facility if one is not available.
Save EnergyMost of the energy required for washing clothes is spent heating water. To save energy, set your washing machine to cold water or the woolens setting.
Conserve WaterInstead of sprinklers, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water your lawn and garden.
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.