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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 Dispose of Leaves the Bay-Friendly Way

Fallen leaves don't have to end up in the landfill or the burn pile. Instead, consider mulching, composting or curbside collection.


Tips

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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Save Fuel

Rapid acceleration and frequent breaking increases fuel consumption, and can endanger yourself and others. Driving less aggressively lets you save fuel and keep safe.

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Prevent Erosion

Trying to build a garden on a sloped yard? To keep your topsoil from running into local waterways, you can build raised beds or create contours parallel to the slope of your yard.

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Take Shorter Showers

Take shorter showers. By cutting your shower time by five minutes, you can save 10 to 12 gallons of water per shower.

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Fertilize in the Fall

If you need to fertilize your lawn, do it during the fall months. Spring rains will wash fertilizer off lawns and into local waters.

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Keep Your Drain Fat-Free

Don't pour fat, oil or grease down your drain, where they can clog pipes and lead to sewage overflows over time.

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Use Safer Pesticides

Use weed and insect-control products that contain plant-derived, non-toxic ingredients.

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Share Resources

Living in an urban or metropolitan region can make it easy to avoid owning a car. Instead, utilize ride-sharing services, carpooling or public transit. By not driving, you can reduce your average carbon footprint.

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Reduce waste

When buying school supplies, look for items made out of recycled materials. For example, buy notebooks and pencils made from 100% post-consumer content.


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.

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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