Heal the Bay Blog

Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium still has a few spaces left in Science Adventures Camp for kids entering kindergarten through fourth grade. Here, Amanda Jones, our Aquarium Camp Manager,  adapts a favorite camp song to explain: …
Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Great news from Sacramento: Gov. Jerry Brown just signed AB 2403 into law, making it easier for public agencies in California to fund and build projects that capture and reuse stormwater and urban runoff. Recognizing that stormwater has become a valu…
AB 2403 Stormwater capture
As the largest consumer cooperative in the country, REI walks the talk--or hikes the hike, as it were. Champions of environmental stewardship and outdoor education, they donate millions of dollars and volunteer hours each year to support the vital wo…
REI
Kirsten James, our Science and Policy Director for Water Quality, heralds the arrival of the second and final phase of the City of Los Angeles' ban on plastic bags. July 1 marks an important milestone for Heal the Bay and our entire region – the e…
City of Los Angeles plastic bag ban Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay couldn't have produced last Saturday's amazing Nick Gabaldon Day without the support, generosity and guidance of a number of co-presenters and community partners. First and foremost, we thank the Black Surfers Collective for providing th…
Black Surfers Collective
Good news for oceangoers in the Pacific Northwest: Heal the Bay has revved up reporting of weekly water quality grades for nearly 200 beaches in Washington and Oregon. Starting this June, we will be issuing A to F grades throughout the busy summer be…
Programs director Meredith McCarthy says the shared history of L.A.’s beaches isn’t always black and white.
Nick Gabaldon Day Santa Monica Heal the Bay
Paddles up! Big thanks to the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival for bequeathing Heal the Bay and our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with a portion of the net proceeds from the event! And don't worry -- it's not too late to register fo…
Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival
Our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium this month has unveiled a very special exhibit:  the endangered tidewater goby. We are only one of two aquaria where the public can see this special local species. Aquarium Operations Manager Jose Bacallao writes a…
Zola Berger-Schmitz, a local high school student and Heal the Bay volunteer extraordinaire, shares her thoughts about inspiring youth on World Oceans Day on June 8. It was a late summer afternoon on the beach in Santa Monica.  Though I was …
Zola Berger-Schmitz Heal the Bay Volunteer World Oceans Day