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.
Planting native plants is an excellent way to increase wildlife habitat and help the Chesapeake Bay. Learn which plants are "native" and how to choose the best plants for your yard.
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.
Fertilize in the FallIf you need to fertilize your lawn, do it in the fall. Spring rains wash fertilizer off lawns and into local waters.
Reduce Air PollutionUse electric or manual lawn mowers and yard tools instead of gas-powered machines that can pollute our air.
Reduce Polluted RunoffWash your car on grass or gravel rather than pavement so soapy, grimy wash water won't run off your property.
Maintain Your Septic SystemHave your septic system pumped out every three to five years to prevent accidental sewage overflows.
Keep Sewage On BoardKeep sewage on board your boat in a portable toilet or holding tank. Dispose of it only at an approved pump-out facility.
Reduce Polluted RunoffInstead of asphalt or concrete, use porous surfaces like gravel or pavers to pave your driveway or patio.
Don’t Overapply FertilizerUse only the amount of lawn fertilizer you need. Twice the product won't make your lawn twice as green!
Install a Low-Flow ShowerheadInstall a low-flow showerhead, which can save about one gallon of water per minute.
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.
03/12/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Be a networking superstar! Join Young Professionals @ the VLM for stargazing (weather permitting), and a planetarium show that promises to be out of this world. Enjoy the red carpet treatment with wine, beer and all-star snacks. It's the Virginia Living M
03/15/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - The whimsical and delightfully colorful works by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) return to the Virginia Living Museum. Harper's work has fostered environmental stewardship in those who view his work, and his creativity takes you o
03/22/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Students of any skill level will spend an eight-hour day at the Virginia Living Museum creating a lovely and useful basket, using spartina grass, long leaf pine needles and an oyster shell. The spartina grass was sustainably harvested from upper salt mars
03/22/2014 Annapolis Maritime Museum (Annapolis,Maryland) - It's an Annapolis Maritime tradition for sailors to burn their winter socks on the day of the Spring Equinox in preparation for sailing season. Come and join the crowd on the shore of the Chesapeake at the Annapolis Maritime Museum to celebrate the coming
03/22/2014 Elk Neck State Park (North East,Maryland) - Are you up for a challenge? Find a piece of Elk Neck history? Or a hidden watery habitat? Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center to start this family friendly orienteering adventure. $3 per family (in addition to day-use fees). Call to make your reserva