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Take Action

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.

How to Test Your Soil

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.


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.

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Don’t Overapply Fertilizer

Use only the amount of lawn fertilizer you need. Twice the product won't make your lawn twice as green!

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Create a Rain Garden

Rain gardens can add value to your home and absorb more water than a conventional lawn.

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Improve Wildlife Habitat

Plant a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in your yard to attract different kinds of wildlife.

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Reduce Emissions

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

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Reduce Polluted Runoff

Make sure your home's downspouts drain onto grass or gravel rather than paved driveways or sidewalks.

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Know Your Grass

Identify 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.

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Fix Leaky Faucets

Fix leaky toilets and faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.

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Join a Carpool

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


Attend an event

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.


Join a group

See our directory of watershed organizations that includes contact information for more than 600 nonprofit organizations that are actively working to restore and conserve natural resources and create sustainable communities across the Chesapeake watershed.

watershed orgs

Looking to join a watershed organization near you? Enter your address below to find out what groups are doing great things to restore and protect the environment in your locality.

Public Access

Public access points are places anyone can visit to swim, hike, paddle or simply enjoy the history and natural beauty of the Chesapeake. Providing access to natural areas helps the public build a connection with the rivers, forests and wildlife of the Bay watershed. Check out our interactive map with over 1000 public access points around the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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