Think Blue San Diego

Ensuring Clean Water & Clean Beaches
for All of San Diego

Think Blue San Diego

Ensuring Clean Water & Clean Beaches
for All of San Diego

San Diego is defined by the natural beauty of its beaches and coastal waters, and keeping those precious resources clean, safe and healthy is the mission of Think Blue San Diego – the City’s Stormwater Department. That mission gets more difficult each year as the costs soar to upgrade and modernize the City’s massive storm drain system. Right now, there’s no identified funding source to pay for those costs, putting the health of our local environment at potential risk.

Why should you care? Because clean water and clean beaches are made possible by clean stormwater. Rainfall that enters storm drains is NOT TREATED, and that runoff collects pollutants from properties and streets and carries them into local waterways.

The lack of proper investment in the City’s aging stormwater system – which currently needs $1.2 billion to fix infrastructure like pipes and levees – will result in increased neighborhood flooding, beach closures, property damage, sinkholes, human sickness, harm to local wildlife, etc. Think Blue’s job is to implement innovative, proactive steps to stop pollution before it gets into storm drains and, by doing so, protect our fellow San Diegans and the environment.

 

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About Think Blue San Diego

Stormwater is a leading contributor to pollution in streams, rivers and oceans around the globe. Think Blue works to prevent pollution, stop water waste and keep neighborhoods safe from flooding.

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Managing Stormwater

Think Blue operates and maintains an aging stormwater system with over 47,000 infrastructure assets, including storm drains, pipes, channels, levees and pump stations. Those assets need over $1.2 billion in upgrades to ensure clean water and clean beaches for future generations.

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Water Monitoring

Action Needed to Avoid Crisis

A recent audit found current funding levels insufficient to handle growing stormwater responsibilities and demanded action. In response, the City is developing a funding strategy to pay for the stormwater system’s current and future needs.

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Funding Strategy

 

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San Diego Watersheds

The City of San Diego has six watersheds that funnel water to a common low point, such as a lake, river or ocean. When it rains, water flows down from higher elevation following the natural shape of the land. Which watershed do you live in?

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Tips & Resources

Whether you run a business or reside in San Diego, there are actions you can take to help prevent stormwater pollution and do your part to make our city a better place for all of us. We must all THINK BLUE!

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Water Monitoring

Help Make a Difference

You can help keep San Diego’s water and beaches clean by reporting stormwater pollution, such as over-irrigation runoff, flooded streets or illegal dumping into storm drains.

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Report Stormwater Pollution

Data and Maps

Data & Maps

Think Blue monitors water quality in local watersheds and provides inspections for businesses and construction sites, among other activities, to prevent pollution. A new data visualization tool helps break down the numbers citywide.

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Water Monitoring

Stormwater Services

The City’s Stormwater Department provides vital services that protect our local waterways from pollution and safeguard communities from flooding. You can request a business inspection, view street sweeping schedules citywide and more.

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