At first glance, your yard might be the last place you would look for pollution sources to the Bay. However, manicured landscapes — if not properly managed — can have harmful effects on the health of salt marshes and water quality.
Excess fertilizer and pesticides run off your yard and flow directly to the Bay. This runoff ends up over-fertilizing the Bay and contributing to those smelly, summertime algal (seaweed) blooms. The algal blooms can lead to fish kills and also make the Bay less enjoyable for swimming.
The good news is that you can help! Even if you don't live on the water, your actions matter.
Take a look at our Bay-Friendly Backyards book to get ideas for your home landscape.
Click here for the URI/CRMC Coastal Plant and nursery list