Maryland Coastal Bays

What You Can Do In The Community

In the Community

Encourage businesses to adopt a series of coastal bays-friendly Best Management Practices (BMPs). BMPs might focus on conserving water, paper, or controlling chemicals or other pollutants at the workplace. Join in the local clean-ups of our stream banks and shorelines. Participate in other hands-on, community-level Estuary restoration programs such as wetland creation, dune re-vegetation, and wildlife habitat enhancement.

 

  • Volunteer for one of the many nonprofit groups working to protect and restore our estuary.
  • Educate your friends, office mates and children about the importance of our Estuary and the things they can do to protect its health.
  • Visit shoreline parks and join guided bird watching and wetland ecology walks. The more you understand about the marvels of our estuary, the more you'll want to save them.  
  • Attend public hearings on water quality and land use and development issues. Voice concerns about environmental impacts, and support for source reduction efforts, BMPs for business, sustainable development and natural resource protection.
  • Encourage cities and counties to launch curbside recycling and motor oil pick-up programs, and to provide regular, easily accessible household hazardous waste disposal programs.
  • Encourage your community host rain barrel workshops (see photo at right) and other workshops that teach green practices.
  • Encourage your local municipal government to clean streets and catch basins more often, to enforce pooper-scooper laws, and to use porous asphalt for streets and sidewalks.
  • Be a watchdog. You can call the Coastal Bays Program to report spills, illegal dumping and other water quality problems.
  • Become active in the planning and zoning process in your community.
  • Participate in workshops that teach how to preserve and protect the watershed.
 
Coastal Bays Program
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Coastal Bays Program
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Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
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