Each spring, rain storms wash excess fertilizer off hundreds of thousands of suburban lawns into our streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Once in our waterways, fertilizers designed to make our lawns green fuel the growth of excess algae, which threatens the health of underwater life like oysters and Blue Crabs.
The message to homeowners is simple - Grow some good. Plant more plants. Not only do plants make yards more beautiful, but because they also filter storm water runoff, the Chesapeake Bay becomes more beautiful too.
Browse the handouts below for more information on how stormwater runoff affects our rivers, streams and the Bay, what you can do about it and more Bay related information.