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.
Fertilize in the FallIf you need to fertilize your lawn, do it during the fall months. Spring rains will wash fertilizer off lawns and into local waters.
Plant Trees and ShrubsPlant more trees and shrubs in your yard to reduce erosion, capture runoff and provide habitat for wildlife.
Save EnergyUnplug appliances like coffeemakers, toasters and televisions when no one is using them. For harder to reach outlets, plug devices into a power strip that can easily be switched off.
Fix Car LeaksFix car leaks so engine fluids like oil and antifreeze don't drip onto the ground and run off into local waterways.
Avoid Pesticide PollutionIf a pesticide spills or leaks, don't use a hose to clean up. Soak up the liquid with an absorbent material like sawdust or kitty litter, then sweep the material into a plastic bag and clean the area with a mixture of water and bleach.
Create a Stormwater PondCreate a stormwater pond to collect runoff and protect downstream property owners from flooding.
Recycle Scrap TiresMost states ban tires from being disposed of at landfills, but you can take scrap tires to shops or retailers that will reuse, recycle or retread them.
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.