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.
Composting is a cost-effective way to reduce your carbon footprint and put organic waste to work. Your homemade compost can then be used to feed household and garden plants.
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.
Compost Kitchen ScrapsInstead of throwing kitchen scraps down the garbage disposal, compost them to create a rich soil for potted and in-ground plants.
Observe Wake LawsFollowing speed limits and no-wake laws helps avoid churning up sediment, harming underwater grasses and eroding nearby shorelines.
Reduce WasteGo paperless when possible. Email documents, share electronic files and review documents on a screen instead of printing to reduce the amount of waste produced.
Don’t Overapply FertilizerUse only the amount of lawn fertilizer you need. Twice the product won't make your lawn twice as green!
Use Toxic-Free Personal ProductsUse eco-friendly lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to keep toxic chemicals from washing off of our bodies and into our waterways.
Dispose of Chemicals ProperlyFollow safe (and legal) disposal methods for household chemicals like paint or motor oil.
Reduce Hazardous WasteUse mercury-free, non-toxic thermometers. Mercury thermometers should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste facility.
Test Your SoilTest your soil to determine how much fertilizer—if any—your lawn needs and the best time to apply it.
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.