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Taking good care of your bay means taking care of your car! 



acartoon graphic of water, a pink car, a city skyline, and #ThatsMyBay logo
#Thats My Bay logo

Vehicle Maintenance

Taking care of your car also helps to maintain our beautiful bay! When you keep cleaners, fluids, trash, and other chemicals and waste from finding their way to the bay, it prevents polluting our waters and harming sea life. Check out these quick #ThatsMyBay pro tips to help keep our bay sparkling, so you can enjoy the view on your leisurely coastal car rides for years to come! 


Improper Vehicle Maintenance Hurts the Fishies 

  • Vehicle maintenance and repair work can generate hazardous waste and can end up in our bodies of water, if not properly handled. 
  • Maintenance chemicals like soap from washing cars in driveways, and oil leaked onto parking spots, can get washed into storm drains and go straight to the bay. 
  • These chemicals hurt sea turtles, fishies, and coastal plants with the pollution they release into the water. 
  • Unmaintained vehicles that leak chemicals also detract from the beauty of the bay and surrounding lands - including parking lots and streets. 
a pink cartoon car leaks oil
Take Care of those Oil Leaks a pink cartoon car drips oil

Take Care of those Oil Leaks 

  • Leaking fluids, such as motor oil, antifreeze engine coolant, transmission fluid, battery and brake fluid, and refrigerants can all leak from your vehicle and are incredibly harmful to the environment. 
  • Make sure to get your vehicle serviced regularly, to avoid harmful chemical leaks. One quart of motor oil can pollute up to 250,000 gallons of clean water! 
  • Use squeegees, dust pans, and oil mops to clean up spills and leaks. If you don’t have any oil absorbents handy, you can use kitty litter! 
  • Remember that any used absorbent materials must be properly disposed as household hazardous waste. 

Keep Our Bay Clean When Cleaning Your Car 

  • Soap water from washing cars is also harmful to the environment and can easily find its way into the storm drain, and ultimately into our bay. 
  • Wash your car in a place where the wash water can evaporate or run into landscaping. Surfaces like grass or gravel will allow the ground to absorb the wash water, filtering soap and other residues.  
  • Better yet, take your vehicle to washing bays that are specifically meant for washing, which properly and safely dispose of wash water. 
a red cartoon car goes through an automatic car wash
a cartoon tire is connected to a hose

Keep the Pressure On 

  • Make sure to always maintain your vehicle’s ideal tire pressure. 
  • Not maintaining proper tire pressure can lead to more air pollution, which negatively affects the environment, including our beautiful bay. 
  • Maintaining proper tire pressure also reduces gas emissions and vehicle wear and tear. 

Snacking on the Road 

  • Having a little snack on your road trip? Make sure to keep a trash bag in your vehicle at all times, to capture all those ‘lil wrappers. 
  • Loose garbage in your vehicle can easily fall out or blow away, ultimately making its way into the storm drain, and our beautiful bay. 
  • Plastic debris is present in approximately 88% of San Diego Bay seashores. Do your part to keep our bay healthy and happy. 


a cartoon of a car with a candy wrapper flying out while a kitty looks worried

More ways to take care of your bay:

Rocker Storm Drayne Is ready for rain with his umbrella!

Are You Ready for Rain?

Prep Before it Rains!




a little green monkey poses with reused items

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to help keep your community (and bay) in ship shape! 



a cartoon seahorse is sickened by bacteria from dog poop

Scoop the Poop

Scoop the Poop! Pick up after your pet so their waste doesn't get washed into the bay.



Rocker Storm Drayne Is ready for rain with his umbrella!

Storm Drayne

Everything seems so fresh and clean after it rains, but that is because all of the blown away napkins, dropped trash, leaked oil, and whatever else - get washed into storm drains, and into the bay. Prevention is key!



Trash Trooper Troy

Take Care of Your Trash

San Diego Bay doesn’t just belong to all of us - it belongs to each of us.



Hang on Hank

Traveling With Trash

Keep a Monkey Grip on Your Trash! Hang-on Hank says, "When traveling with trash, be sure it doesn't escape from your car or truck so there is no risk of it blowing into the bay."

Han on Hank - a green monkey - is on a blanket with a picnic basket

Go Zero Waste!

Adopt a zero-waste lifestyle and help keep our beautiful bay resources alive for years to come! 



The Drayniacs are Storm Drayne's biggest fans.

Drayniacs Know Your Drains

Everything seems so fresh and clean after it rains, but that is because all of the blown away napkins, dropped trash, leaked oil, and whatever else - get washed into storm drains, and into the bay. Prevention is key!



Meet Mike The Mime - He wants you to Mime Your Cigarette Butts

Mime Your Butts

MIke the Mime’s message is loud and clear - Mime Your Butts!


Trash Trooper Trish says "that's my bay!"

Keep A Lid On It

Meet Trash Trooper Trish and help us keep our bay clean by keeping a lid on it!





Bay Brotocol

Bay Brotocol

Two bay loving bros are shocked to see a neighbor over watering his lawn, allowing chemicals to seep into storm drains. They are happy to turn their unsuspecting overwatering neighbor into a brocean bro that knows how to take care of his bay.





He was thrown or blown from a moving vehicle earlier this afternoon near the Laguna Mountains at the top of the watershed and witnesses were unable to catch him. We're told that a storm then began, and Lil Wrapper was swept into a storm drain with other debris.

Lil Wrapper

From Lil Wrapper to littered wrapper. How does a promising snack star on the rise in east county, end up as a potential threat to innocent seahorses in #SanDiegoBay?



Pollution Pirate Pete is confused by these shiny trinkets and takes his “valuables” to get appraised only to find that his immortal plastic bounty is a bust.

Keep the Seas Plastic Free

Leaving just one small piece of trash may seem like no big deal - but those little bits add up, and they don't just stay put or go away on their own.



a person is holding a pump out hose and pointing at the viewer

Dump at the Pump

We want you to have fun on your boat - just make sure it all stays on your boat...vessel sewage is not allowed to be discharged into the bay!



We know you love your bay, you own it, you want to take care of it, it’s your number one priority; you are ready to change your relationship status to make it official. Okay, maybe that’s a bit much, but we all love San Diego Bay and want to be sure it stays the pristine natural resource it is for generations to come. When you visit, we want you to say to yourself, #ThatsMyBay! And sometimes, it just takes a simple reminder not to take your bay for granted. So the Port of San Diego is here with helpful tips and suggestions on how we can all do our part to keep our bay looking classy, not trashy!