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.
Stash Your TrashStow and secure used bags, bottles, fishing lines and other trash on your boat so litter doesn't fall into the water.
Save FuelAvoid hauling cargo on your roof rack. Transporting items on top of your car increases drag and uses more fuel.
Create an Infiltration TrenchInfiltration trenches are one of the most effective ways to keep polluted stormwater from reaching local waterways.
Use Toxic-Free Cleaning ProductsUse eco-friendly cleaning products to keep toxic chemicals out of our waterways. Plain soap and water can rid surfaces of bacteria and are safer for our water supply.
Use Fertilizer ProperlyDo not apply fertilizer to dormant lawns or frozen ground, where it could easily run off your property and into storm drains.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesThoroughly clean your boat hull and all fishing gear before moving to another body of water.
Reduce Polluted RunoffMake sure your home's downspouts drain onto grass or gravel rather than paved driveways or sidewalks.
Compost Fallen LeavesInstead of spending hours raking, blowing and bagging fallen leaves, try composting them instead.
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.