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10 Things Marylanders Can Do Today to Reclaim the Bay
– Reduce the amount of trash that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay.
Use Fertilizer Sparingly
– Limit the amount of fertilizer used on your lawn and garden. Excessive levels of nutrients in the Bay lead to lower levels of oxygen needed for aquatic life.
Build a Rain Garden or Rain Barrel
– Stormwater carries pollutants such as lawn chemicals from our yards into the Bay. Creating backyard habitats can minimize runoff and reduce yard work.
Scoop the Poop
– Make your neighbors happy and keep harmful nitrogen out of the Bay by always cleaning up after your pet.
– More than one-third of the nitrogen pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay originates from air pollution. Consider carpooling, using public transportation, biking or walking whenever possible.
- Coal-burning power plants are among the largest sources of nitrogen compounds in air pollution.
Grab a Friend and Volunteer
– Cleaning up the Bay begins in your hometown. Find a local watershed group, grab some friendsand volunteer for a clean-up.
Make an Appointment to Service Your Septic System
– Septic systems should be inspected yearly to ensure proper functioning. Failing systems can leak into the groundwater and eventually end up in the Bay.
Dispose Properly of Hazardous Household Items
– Oils, anti-freeze, paint, cleaners and prescription drugs shouldn’t be poured down a household or storm drain. Check with your local waste management service to find out what hazardous materials they accept.
Recycle Oyster Shells
– A healthy oyster population can help filter and clean Chesapeake Bay waterways. A recycled oyster shell can return 10 new oysters back into the Bay.
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