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.
Cold weather doesn’t have to keep you from exploring nature in the Bay region. Winter bird watching is a great way to learn more about local wildlife and contribute to citizen science.
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.
Prevent Fuel SpillsPrevent fuel spills by using a funnel and not "topping off" when you fill your boat's fuel tank.
Reduce Herbicide UseInstead of chemical weed killers, try dousing weeds with boiling water, table salt or vinegar, or pulling them out and digging up the roots.
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.
Foster environmental literacyTeach students about issues such as climate change, forests and blue crabs to engage them with what’s happening in the environment where they live. Bay Backpack is a site designed to help teachers create environmental lessons for students and contains hundreds of resources on a variety of topics.
Use Native PlantsNative flowers, shrubs and trees often require less water and can provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies and honeybees.
Prevent Invasive SpeciesThoroughly clean your boat hull and all fishing gear before moving to another body of water.
Reduce ErosionPlanting groundcover on sparsely vegetated areas of your lawn discourages erosion and sediment runoff.
Reduce Polluted RunoffWash your car on grass or gravel rather than pavement so soapy, grimy wash water won't run off your property.
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.