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.
Planting native plants is an excellent way to increase wildlife habitat and help the Chesapeake Bay. Learn which trees, shrubs and flowers are native and how to choose the best plants for your yard.
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.
Properly Dispose of WasteEncourage your marina owner to maintain an adequate pump-out facility if one is not available.
Improve Wildlife HabitatPlant a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in your yard to attract different kinds of wildlife.
Reduce Food WasteDon't throw egg shells in the trash—use them in garden as fertilizer, pest control or mulch.
Test Your SoilTest your soil to determine how much fertilizer—if any—your lawn needs and the best time to apply it.
Reduce Air PollutionUse electric or manual lawn mowers and yard tools instead of gas-powered machines that can pollute our air.
Conserve WaterLet trees create their own mulch! Allow leaves and other plant matter to collect under your trees to maintain moisture, control temperature and prevent erosion.
Be Bay-Friendly at WorkEncourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.
Stash Your TrashStow and secure used bags, bottles, fishing lines and other trash on your boat so litter doesn't fall into the 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.