Rain Barrel Project

Rain barrels help stop polluted runoff. Learn how to install your own!

Stop polluted runoff. Rain rushes down from roofs and across roads, taking oil, dirt, fertilizer, and other waste into rivers and the Bay.

~ Photo © Krista Schlyer/iLCP

Save water. Use captured rain water to water gardens and lawns.

~ Photo by CBF Staff

Educate others. Show others how easy barrels are to install and explain how they reduce pollution.

~ Photo by CBF Staff

What's the Issue?

Polluted runoff is the only major source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay that is still increasing.

It is one of the major reasons the Bay and many of its rivers and streams are still on the Environmental Protection Agency's "dirty waters" list.


Find out more about polluted runoff's impact on the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.

Decades of Success: The 1970s

Even as a young organization, our work was effective and got noticed. Find out what we did.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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