You can continue to save the Bay throughout the year by becoming a better Bay steward at home and work.
- Use natural cleaners--use natural, non-toxic, phosphate-free cleaners for most cleaning tasks. You'll be reducing toxic chemicals in wastewater while saving money.
- Reduce fertilizer use--always get a soil test first to be sure what your lawn requires; use fertilizer sparingly, and only when necessary. Excessive fertilizers contribute to nitrogen and phosphorous overload in rivers and the Bay, which can lead to low oxygen levels and dead zones.
- Only rain in storm drains--allow only rain to go down the storm drain and use a broom nota hose or power blower, to clean debris from decks, patios and driveways. You'll save water, reduce emissions, and curb stormwater runoff.
- Practice Bay friendly car care--take your vehicle to a commercial car wash or wash your car on an unpaved surface with phosphate-free soap so water soaks into the ground, not into the storm drain.
- Reduce rainwater runoff--direct rainwater away from paved surfaces; direct gutter downspouts onto lawn or flower beds, or into a rain barrel.
To learn more, please visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Chesapeake Bay Program websites.