Chesapeake Bay - Live Bay Friendly
You can help improve water clarity in the Bay!
Water clarity was at an all-time low (5%) in 2011 in Chesapeake Bay. We can improve water clarity, which helps aquatic grasses grow, promotes the right balance of phytoplankton (algae) in the water column, and influences benthic communities (clams and worms living in the sediment) in the following ways:
Stop sediment and nutrients from running off
your property into storm drains. Divert rainwater
into rain barrels, rain gardens, and natural areas.
Reduce fertilizer use and re-use materials by
Support local initiatives that convert hard
surfaces like parking lots into green space like
rain gardens. Report turbid water running off
from public sites, such as construction areas,
to your local government.
Use public and alternative transportation
where possible to decrease the particulates
from exhaust that enter waterways. Support
state and federal initiatives for low-impact and
environmentally friendly development.