University of Maryland Extension

Bay-Wise Program

Bay-Wise Landscape Management

Most Maryland residents live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream or river. Most of those waterways eventually drain into the Chesapeake Bay. What we do to maintain our own landscapes can affect the health of our local waterways (drainage ditches, streams, and rivers), the Chesapeake Bay and our environment. We all need to do our part to take care of our waterways and environment. By changing a few simple landscape practices, you and your family can help keep Maryland communities healthy.

The MD Bay-Wise Program focuses on water quality. It comprises a comprehensive set of environmental topics that affect the quality and quantity of water here in Maryland. Most of these topics relate to landscape management, however, a few, like hydrology, wells & septic systems, hazardous household products and water conservation, address household issues. For more information on "safe" household issues, visit the Home*A*Syst/Healthy Home Program.

For more information about the Bay-Wise Program Certification in Prince George's County, contact Esther Mitchell, Prince George's County Master Gardener Coordinator.

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