Advocating for a Cleaner Bay and Beaches Since 1985
LOS ANGELES IS FAMOUS FOR ITS BEACHES, but it’s in large part thanks to Heal the Bay that we can safely enjoy our shoreline.
Since 1985, HtB has educated children and adults about pollution and its impact on our watershed, while advocating for a cleaner Santa Monica Bay.
Scientific data informs the group’s efforts to improve water quality. For example, HtB analyzes weekly samples of seawater from as far south as the Mexican border and north to Canada in order to measure bacterial count. They then inform the public about the cleanliness of the beaches through their Beach Report Card website (brc.healthebay.org).
HtB also organizes beach cleanup days during which hundreds of volunteers pick up trash on local beaches.
The group spearheaded the fight to improve the standards of the Hyperion Sewage Wastewater Treatment Plant, which upgraded its facility in 1998, leading to a great improvement in water quality and the return of kelp beds and fish in the bay.
In 2012 HtB successfully advocated to make Los Angeles the first large municipality to ban single-use plastic bags, one of the biggest causes of shoreline pollution. The state of California followed suit in 2014, potentially eliminating 13 billion plastic bags from the waste stream.
|PHONE NUMBER||(310) 451-1500|
|ADDRESS||1444 9th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401|
|FORMS OF PAYMENT|
|SERVICES PROVIDED||Environment, Watershed Health, Education, Nonprofit|
|MISSION STATEMENT||"Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission."|
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How You Can Pitch In
Refer A Business
Let us know about your favorite local business. We’ll donate $10 to Heal the Bay for each recommendation.
- Come to HtB’s monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanups.
- Join MPA Watch, a Citizen Science Program monitoring HtB’s new Marine Protected Areas.
- Become citizen stewards of the watershed as part of the Stream Team.
- Help out at the HtB office every Wednesday from 1:30pm - 5:00pm.
- Visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
Donate funds to help with HtB’s operating and advocacy expenses.