San Diegans are very proud of our beaches, rivers, lakes, and lagoons, and we have a responsibility to protect these vital areas. We can do that through responsible use of water, preventing polluted rainwater runoff from entering our natural waterways, and instead, redirecting fresh rainwater to our plants that need it most.

How you can make a conservation effort

Harvest Rainwater

Catching rain in barrels not only saves water for use in gardening and landscaping but also prevents rainwater from draining to the ocean and picking up contaminants along the way.

Learn more about rainwater harvesting, or purchase a rain barrel online for pick up at Solana Center or special event locations around the County (see purchase page below for detials).

Keep Our Beaches & Bays Clean

Motor oil, soap, fertilizers, pesticides, pet waste, and window cleaner are just a few common contaminants polluting our beloved oceans.

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Wasted Food = Wasted Resources

Many resources go into growing, processing, and transporting the food we eat including land, labor, water, fuel, and energy.

  • Every year in the United States, wasted food consumes...

    • 5.9 trillion gallons of fresh water.
    • 140 million acres of cropland
    • 24% of landfill space in the U.S.

Loss and waste occur at each stage of the supply chain, but the majority happens at consumer-facing businesses and in homes. Each of us can make an effort to prevent food waste by shopping smart, using everything we do buy, and getting creative in the kitchen.