Because certain methods of yard care can benefit the Chesapeake, its tributaries, and your community.
Most Marylanders live within a half-mile of a storm drain, stream, or river that eventually drains into the Chesapeake Bay.
What we do to maintain our own landscapes can affect the health of our local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay and our environment. By adopting a few simple landscape practices, you and your family can help keep Anne Arundel County’s land, waterways and 533 miles of shoreline healthy for generations to come.
To help achieve these goals, the University of Maryland Extension (UME) Bay-Wise Program provides homeowners education and encouragement. UME-trained Master Gardeners can visit Anne Arundel residents in your yards—free of charge—to discuss how you can have a bay-friendly landscape.
Residents who would like to become Bay-Wise Certified can use the Bay-Wise Yardstick to see how they measure up. Master Gardener volunteers have certified more than 760 Anne Arundel landscapes since 2000, and nearly 2,500 statewide since 1997. We would like to certify hundreds more!
Bay-Wise in Anne Arundel County is a program of the University of Maryland Extension.
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.