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.
A simple test can let you know what nutrients are in your soil, and what nutrients are lacking. Learn how to test your soil to help garden plants grow their best.
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.
Don’t Overapply FertilizerUse only the amount of lawn fertilizer you need. Twice the product won't make your lawn twice as green!
Create a Rain GardenRain gardens can add value to your home and absorb more water than a conventional lawn.
Improve Wildlife HabitatPlant a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in your yard to attract different kinds of wildlife.
Reduce EmissionsAvoid letting your car idle. Idling for even 10 seconds can waste fuel, damage your engine and pollute our air and water.
Reduce Polluted RunoffMake sure your home's downspouts drain onto grass or gravel rather than paved driveways or sidewalks.
Know Your GrassIdentify the type of grass growing in your yard so you can care for it properly. For example, cool-season grasses are best fertilized in fall.
Fix Leaky FaucetsFix leaky toilets and faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
Join a CarpoolCarpool to work or school to reduce vehicle emissions that can pollute our air and water.
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.