As landscape professionals we have the unique opportunity to effect positive change on our waterways, habitats, and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

You can help advance CCLC’s mission and build the capacity of our network by making a special year-end gift.

Your support will propel us into the new year as we encourage more mainstream adoption of conservation landscaping and green infrastructure.

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We are thrilled to announce that we have certified over 1,000 Level 1 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals!

At the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, our focus is building a community for watershed health. Through this community, we believe that we can create a healthier, resilient, and more sustainable environment.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have joined us in this mission, it has been a pleasure to connect with you all.

Here is to welcoming the next 1,000 professionals!

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For a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, start with the maintenance crew

It all begins with a single, innocuous raindrop.

Instead of splattering onto soil and oozing into the ground, as it would have done a half-millennium ago, the droplet lands on a roof, road or parking lot. From there, it zips along one hard surface to another. Until this tiny traveler finds a larger body of water — a ditch, a creek, the Potomac River — it is fair game for any pollutant that wants to tag along . . . READ MORE

Why Conservation Landscaping?

Our actions are closely linked to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Stewardship of the land and water by each and every one of us is our most effective tool to improve and protect the Bay. Conservation landscaping is working with nature to reduce pollution. Conservation-focused landscapes incorporate environmentally-sensitive design, minimize polluted runoff, conserve water and are planted with native plants. They protect the soil and are maintained using the minimum amount of chemicals to help protect clean air and water, support wildlife, and provide a more beautiful, healthier human environment.

With so many people living and moving into the Chesapeake region, polluted runoff from streets, farms, construction sites and yards, has become an increasing problem. Contaminants from every home and community—sediments, sewage, manure, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and motor oil—can be carried into the Bay from local streams and waterways. How we manage our landscapes is important to all of us! You can embrace the responsibility of caring for the land, and protect the Chesapeake Bay by applying the principles of conservation landscaping. We invite you to explore our web resources, participate in our events, subscribe to our listserve or donate your time or money to support these learning opportunities. Each of us has the opportunity to protect the future health of our communities and Bay by how we envision and care for our landscapes.

Season 7 is Here!

Free for CCLC members, Season 7 of our Focus on Sustainability Webinars are now in session. Register for upcoming webinars, or view recording from our webinar archive.

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