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How To's and 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.

Save Fuel

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If your car has cruise control, use it! This maintains a constant speed and can reduce fuel consumption.

Reduce Waste

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Tires are banned from many landfills, but you can return them to shops or retailers that will recycle or retread them.

Share Resources

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If you live in an urban or metropolitan region, don’t buy your own car. Instead, utilize ride-sharing services, carpooling or public transit. Not owning a car reduces your carbon footprint on average.

Reduce Waste

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If your car is nearing the end of its life with you, don’t send it to the junk yard—donate it! Many non-profits accept cars as donations and will repair or recycle the vehicle.

Save Fuel

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Drive less aggressively. Rapid acceleration and frequent breaking increases fuel consumption and can endanger yourself and others.

How to Drive the Bay-Friendly Way

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Most of us can’t stop driving altogether. But there are lots of ways we can send less pollution into our air and water – and save a few extra gallons at the same time. (Read Article)

Reduce Emissions

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When possible, walk, bike or take public transportation to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.

Reduce Emissions

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Avoid letting your car idle. Idling for even 10 seconds can waste fuel, damage your engine and pollute our air and water.

Recycle Used Motor Oil

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Properly dispose of used motor oil and antifreeze. Many gas stations and landfills have oil recycling programs.

Fix Car Leaks

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Fix car leaks so engine fluids like oil and antifreeze don't drip onto the ground and run off into local waterways.

Reduce Polluted Runoff

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Wash your car on grass or gravel rather than pavement so soapy, grimy wash water won't run off your property.

Reduce Emissions

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Carpool to work or school to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.

Reduce Polluted Runoff

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Bring your car to a car wash instead of washing it at home. Car washes often clean and recycle wash water.

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