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.
The summertime crab feast is a Chesapeake Bay tradition. Learn how to dig in with this guide to picking a blue crab.
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.
Be Bay-Friendly at WorkEncourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesThoroughly clean your boat hull and all fishing gear before moving to another body of water.
Use Pesticides ProperlyNever use more pesticides than you need. Take care to store chemicals properly so containers do not leak.
Maintain Your Septic SystemDo not plant trees or shrubs near your septic drain field. Roots clog septic drain lines and cause overflows.
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.
Fish ResponsiblyPractice proper catch-and-release fishing techniques to avoid harming and killing the Bay's fish.
Dispose of Medicine ProperlyTo keep medicine out of our waterways, don't pour expired or leftover drugs down the sink or flush them down the toilet. Instead, return unused medicine to a consumer drug return location or foul your medication with coffee grounds or cat litter and put it in the trash.
Use Fertilizer ProperlyDo not apply fertilizer to dormant lawns or frozen ground, where it could easily run off your property and into storm drains.
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.