Heal the Bay Blog

Ever dream about building a custom home along the Santa Monica Bay shoreline? Well, you soon may get the chance – thanks to the return of Heal the Bay’s Designer Sandcastle Competition! On Saturday, April 26, teams from across the Southland will …
Santa Monica Pier DESIGN PARTNER SANDCASTLE COMPETITION Heal the Bay beach
Heal the Bay president Ruskin Hartley spends a night at the cinema. I don’t normally go in for depressing documentaries. But when the local art house is showing a documentary on water around the world (“Last Call at the Oasis“), followed by a p…
The 3-Day Rule has long been a mantra at Heal the Bay – always wait three days after a rainstorm before getting back into the ocean. But a recent study conducted by UCLA environmental science students in conjunction with Heal the Bay’s water qual…
Kirsten James, our science and policy co-director, shares a special night on the red carpet with our board member..
Heal the Bay staff pose w Cheryl Hines Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Today's Thank You Thursday shout-out goes to all of the amazing organizations that helped to make our Volunteer Party on Monday truly special. Thank you Bodega Wine Bar for hosting the party again this year. We love the space, the food, and your frie…
heal bay volunteer party bodega santa monica cleanup super healers photo booth
With heavy storms forecast for the weekend we take a look at what all that rain means for our local beaches and ocean: What does the recent storm mean for our local environment? In a time of severe drought, storms will help recharge our local aquifer…
Santa Monica Beach trash pollution Pico Kenter Storm Drain response team
More Information Draft EIR Health Impact Assessment
Stop Hermosa Beach Oil Keep Pollution Rig South Bay Ocean Drilling
Staff scientist Amanda Griesbach says new guidelines will make it easier to fix troubled beaches.
bacteria in seawater
Heal the Bay president Ruskin Hartley on what it really means to waste water: On Wednesday I joined Mayor Garcetti, Gov. Brown and members of the President's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience at a reception at the Getty House to kick …
Kirsten James, Heal the Bay's director of water quality, recently took a trip to China to discuss environmental issues with policymakers in the world's most populous nation. Here she shares her reflections.