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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 Drive the Bay-Friendly Way

Most of us can’t stop driving altogether. But there are lots of ways we can send less pollution into our air and water—and save a few extra gallons at the same time.


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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Keep Your Drain Fat-Free

Don't pour fat, oil or grease down your drain, where they can clog pipes and lead to sewage overflows over time.

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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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Use Deicer Properly

Apply no more than the recommended amount of deicer to melt ice on your steps or driveway.

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Use Native Plants

Native flowers, shrubs and trees often require less water and can provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies and honeybees.

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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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Plant Trees and Shrubs

Plant more trees and shrubs in your yard to reduce erosion, capture runoff and provide habitat for wildlife.

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Recycle Used Motor Oil

Properly dispose of used motor oil and antifreeze. Many gas stations and landfills have oil recycling programs.

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Reduce Erosion

Planting groundcover on sparsely vegetated areas of your lawn discourages erosion and sediment runoff.


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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