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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 Begin Birding This Winter

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.


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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Reduce Polluted Runoff

Instead of washing your car at home, bring it to a car wash! Commercial car washes clean and often recycle their wash water.

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Clean Your Boat Properly

Use extreme caution when painting and cleaning your boat to avoid polluting the water.

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Use Fertilizer Properly

Make sure to not apply fertilizer to drainage areas in your yard, where it could easily run off your property.

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Fix Car Leaks

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

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Start an Environmental Club

Start or join an environmental club at your school to help raise awareness of Bay-related issues.

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Be Bay-Friendly at Work

Encourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.

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Avoid Bay Grass Beds

Steer clear of bay grass beds in shallow waters to avoid harming this critical habitat and food source.

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Reduce Greywater

When you need soap on the water, make sure to use phosphate-free or biodegradable products. But whenever possible, save dish-washing and showering for land!


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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