We All Think Blue

For more than 20 years Think Blue San Diego has implemented innovative, proactive steps to stop pollution before it gets into storm drains. But to keep it that way, we must all dive in and do our part. Reducing stormwater pollution in our neighborhoods and communities is easy when We All Think Blue.

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20 Years Of Keeping Our Waterways Clean


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debris from streets


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pipes cleaned


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and debris cleared


volunteers at 66 events

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photo of person cleaning up pet waste

the Poop

Runaway Sprinklers Reduction

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Pesticide Free Zone sign
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Pesticide Pollution Prevention

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thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

December 2nd, 2023

Today is #WorldPollutionPreventionDay! ๐Ÿงน๐Ÿ—‘ Do your part today and every day to keep our ocean, bay, rivers and lakes clean with these pollution-prevention tips: ๐Ÿšฎ Pick up trash and debris around your home and community and dispose of them in a covered bin to prevent them from entering our storm drains. ๐Ÿ• When walking with your furry best friend, remember to pick up after them and dispose of pet waste in a covered trash bin. โ™ป Use reusable food and drink containers so single-use plastics do not have the chance to pollute our local waterways. How do you prevent pollution? Let us know in the comments below ๐Ÿ‘‡ . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiego #CleanWaterways #CleanWaterCleanBeaches #Pollution

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

December 1st, 2023

Why you should add native plants to your garden, you ask? ๐Ÿค” Native plants like California poppies, Manzanitas and Sages help prevent stormwater pollution and water waste by capturing stormwater. ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒต #ProTip: The @CityofSanDiego offers FREE mulch as part of its extensive stormwater rebate program. ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ”— Learn more at ThinkBlue.org. . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiego #SanDiegoRebates #SanDiegoNativePlants

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

December 1st, 2023

Think Blue, in partnership with Wave FC, has a special treat for you at December Nights in Balboa Park! โœจ Stop by the Think Blue booth on Friday, Dec. 1, 3-5 p.m. to meet Wave FC defender Kristen McNabb from the 2023 NWSL Shield-winning team! Kristen will sign autographs and you will have an opportunity to win a special gift! โญ If you take a short quiz about stormwater, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of several authentic San Diego Wave FC jerseys. The top prize will be a jersey signed by all of the Wave players! โšฝ So, join us at the Think Blue booth this Friday and Saturday at December Nights for a chance to win! ๐Ÿ“ Weโ€™ll be located in the Plaza de Panama. ๐Ÿ‘‰ For more info about December Nights, go to bit.ly/3sKZehR. #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiegoWaveFC #BalboaPark #DecemberNights @sandiegowavefc @kristenmcnabb_

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

November 29th, 2023

Let us introduce #WatershedWednesday! ๐Ÿ’ฆ During this series, we will spotlight local watersheds. Today: Mission Bay and La Jolla. ๐ŸŒŠ Did you know? Mission Bay Park is the largest manufactured aquatic park in the country. It is also the receiving water for several urban waterways like San Clemente Creek, Rose Creek and Tecolote Creek. ๐Ÿ’ง Home to approximately 247,000 people, this watershed faces pollution from garbage, litter and boat maintenance. Cleaning up after your bonfire and your pet can help keep our beloved beaches and bays free from pollution! โ›ต ๐Ÿšฎ . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiegoWatershed #MissionBay #LaJolla

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

November 27th, 2023

When completing home and commercial improvement projects, Think Blue encourages San Diegans to practice the โ€œ3 Csโ€ for stormwater pollution prevention: CONTAIN, CONTROL and CAPTURE. ๐Ÿ’ง CONTAIN pollutants and debris in an isolated area of your workspace, away from storm drains, by blocking water and debris from flowing out of the work area. ๐Ÿงน CONTROL your wastewater flow away from curbs by sweeping up debris or using a mop instead of a hose. ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ CAPTURE all debris and wastewater after completing the project. ๐Ÿ”— Learn more at ThinkBlue.org. . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiego #CleanWaterCleanBeaches #PollutionPrevention

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

November 24th, 2023

The rainy season is here! โ˜” Now is the time to practice water-saving at home with the @CityofSanDiegoโ€™s rebate opportunities! ๐Ÿ’ต๐ŸŒง Did you know? San Diego homeowners can receive up to $40 for the installation of downspout redirects to deflect rainwater flow off their roof and into plants and gardens instead of the driveway. ๐Ÿ’ง ๐Ÿ‘‰ Learn more at WasteNoWater.org! . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiego #SanDiegoRebates #RebateOpportunity

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

November 22nd, 2023

#ThanksgivingProTip: Donโ€™t pour grease down the drain when celebrating with your friends and family! Oils and fats are insoluble in water. When oil is dumped down the sink, it can clog drains, resulting in sewer spills and potentially water polluExcited for a yummy Thanksgiving feast? ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฅง Many San Diegans will be doing extra cooking at home during the holiday season, and everyone should know that cooking grease can coat sewer pipelines, leading to pipeline blockages, messy spills and the need for expensive repairs. ๐Ÿ›  Spilled sewage can eventually reach San Diegoโ€™s bays, rivers and beaches, causing unsafe conditions and temporary closures. ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง Here are a few simple steps to prevent costly sewer spills: โ€ข Never pour fats, oils or grease down the sink drain or garbage disposal. โ€ข Pour small amounts of cooled cooking oil into a non-recyclable package or container, such as an old milk carton, and dispose of it in the garbage. โ€ข Wipe dishes and pots coated with greasy leftovers with a disposable towel before washing or placing them in the dishwasher. THINK BLUE SAN DIEGO ๐Ÿ’™ . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiego #PreventPollution tion. ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง ๐Ÿ‘‰ Here is what you can do instead: Collect that leftover grease in a separate container and dispose of it in a covered bin or reuse it for additional recipes! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฅง . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiego #PreventPollution

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

November 21st, 2023

Do you know what a pump station is or does? ๐Ÿค” The @CityofSanDiego has 15 of them that help protect our coastal neighborhoods from flooding by using powerful pumps to send water from low-lying areas โ€“ like those found in our coastal areas โ€“ to designated discharge points. NBC recently took a tour of Pump Station G in Pacific Beach for a story they did on the $2 billion in infrastructure needs for the Cityโ€™s Stormwater Department. Most of our cityโ€™s stormwater infrastructure โ€“ pipes, storm drains, levees, pump stations and channels โ€“ is between 50 and 100 years old and past its useful. That infrastructure needs to be replaced and modernized to serve San Diegans for the next century. ๐Ÿ”— Read the @nbcsandiego article to learn more at bit.ly/SD-StormwaterSystem.

thinkbluesandiegoSan Diego, California

November 11th, 2023

The rainy season has arrived, so take advantage of the @CityofSanDiego rebate programs for rain barrels and cisterns, rain gutters, downspout redirects and more! ๐ŸŒง Upgrade your home and take action to save water by reusing stormwater with these rebates. ๐Ÿ’ง ๐Ÿ‘‰ Learn more and apply at bit.ly/SD-Rebates. . . . #ThinkBlueSanDiego #SanDiego #SanDiegoRebates #RebateOpportunities #SaveWater #ReuseStormwater #RainBarrels #RainGutters #PreventPollution