Whether you live six or 60 miles from the beach, we are all connected to the ocean. The ocean provides a huge amount of the food we eat, not just seafood but also the algaes that go into toothpaste, ice cream and so many other things. It also provides oxygen, regulates the weather, and helps absorb excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Our economy depends on the ocean too, from commercial fishing fleets to tourism, recreation and shipping. We need to do all we can to keep our ocean healthy, not just for the animals that call it home but also to preserve our own way of life.
Our Ocean Needs Help
We all deserve to swim at our favorite beaches without getting sick, and it's also important to protect the animals and plants that live in the ocean. But we also need to protect our ocean itself, by preserving water quality, habitats, and the ocean environment. Right now, we each need to do our part to cut down on the amount of plastic trash that makes its way into the sea. There is also pollution that you can't see, like contaminated sediments and the bacteria and toxins in urban runoff. Because urban runoff is directly caused by development, it's important to protect open space. When we preserve natural watersheds, we allow nature's own fitration systems to clean rainwater before it reaches the ocean. That's why our Stream Team has worked in the Malibu Creek watershed, the last natural watershed in Los Angeles County, since 1998.
Common Sense Legislation and Regulation
So much of protecting our ocean depends on people like you. Simple changes in your everyday life make a big difference. But there are some issues that can't be solved by one person. That's why we need to support low impact development, both on a personal level but also in city-wide ordinances that will help ensure that new and re-development projects don't harm our ocean. For these larger issues, we all must support reasonable legislation that will protect our ocean and also preserve our economy and way of life. Some recent legislation includes a package of bills to end plastic pollution, as well as standardization of stormwater monitoring and septic system regulations. Check out the complete list of recent legislation that Heal the Bay has sponsored or supported.