You can help improve water clarity in the 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 composting.


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.