University of Maryland Extension

Bay-Wise Program


"Better water quality through smarter gardening"

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 Maryland Bay-Wise Program is a homeowner education program conducted by Maryland Master Gardeners in several counties.

Take the Bay-Wise Challenge

How does your yard "measure up"? Contact the Bay-Wise Program at to have Master Gardener volunteers give your residence a free consultation on better environmental practices. Taking the advice of our educated volunteers, you can even get your landscape Bay-Wise certified! This certification signifies bay-friendly environmental practices that you can be proud of, as well as earning official Bay-Wise signage:


How to become more "Bay-Wise"

Publications on how to improve your home, environment, and the Chesapeake Bay.




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