Mahogany Tide

How You Can Help Keep Nutrients out of the Bay

Everyone can help reduce the nutrients that enter waterways through runoff by making a few thoughtful choices at home.

  • Adopt bay-friendly lawn care practices: plant native trees and shrubs, because they need less fertilizer. If you must fertilize, do it only in the fall, and only with the nutrients that are needed for your lawn.
  • Control insects using natural controls instead of pesticides. Americans directly apply 70 million pounds of pesticides to home lawns and gardens each year and, in so doing, kill birds and other wildlife and pollute our precious water resources.
  • Take your car to the automatic carwash and let it do your dirty work. When you wash your car in your driveway, those chemicals run down into the storm drains, which feed directly into the Bay.
  • Switch to using eco-friendly or plant-based household cleaning products. Most sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants do not remove poisonous cleaners.
  • And finally, pick up after your pet, and if you’re on a septic system, make sure it’s functioning well.

Life in the Inner Harbor

We dropped an underwater camera below the surface of the water next to our first floating wetland. Roots from the plants are poking through the island and dangling below it, drawing out excess nutrients from the water and providing a welcome hiding place for fish, crabs, and other animals.

Tons of small animals are burrowing into and clinging onto the island itself. There are millions of microscopic filter feeders like bryozoans, as well as thousands of larger critters like mussels and marine worms.

Our camera recorded striped bass, spot, Atlantic menhaden, and white perch, as well as blue crabs and grass shrimp, paying a visit to our island.

Fish in the Inner Harbor

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By fertilizing the world, we alter the planet's composition of species and shrink its biodiversity.

—Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma

Floating Wetland Launch

Floating Wetland

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