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We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.—Nelson Mandela Our monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup was made even more significant last week, as it was held in honor of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandel…
Guest blogger Melissa Riche is a PR consultant and interior designer. She recounts a pleasant weekend sail with friends that becomes a mission — and a lesson in why decorative balloons are an environmental disaster.
Balloons are marine debris too!
My first exposure to the Colorado River was as a kid.  I was very fortunate to take a two week white water rafting trip down the Colorado River with my family.  To this day it is the best vacation that I have ever taken. Experiencing this a…
Colorado River Day Beach Report Card water quality Los Angeles
In honor of the first Swimmable California Day, a few of us at Heal the Bay felt inspired to share our favorite beaches for swimming, surfing and kayaking because today we celebrate California’s healthy waters and the legislation we’ve enacted to…
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It’s not every day that we get to report some good news.  But today, reflecting on the last 14 years, we can confidently say that our local beaches and creeks are on a solid path for improved water quality.
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Have you ever seen small holes on the beach and been perplexed by the mystery of what made them? They are from nocturnal bugs, called isopods, which burrow along our beaches to hide from the heat of the day and predators. They play an important role …
James Shelton/Marine Photobank
California beach funding is a go, as the state’s full $1.8 million was approved and included in California’s budget. Since 2008 when nearly $1 million was eliminated from the state’s beach monitoring funds, California’s Beach Program has stru…
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Here at Heal the Bay, we’re still floating, buoyed by the knowledge that the city of Los Angeles has taken another step toward sustainability by banning single-use plastic bags. But we have to admit that the victory was made even sweeter, thanks to…
Heal the Bay ice cream truck
Josh Friedman, former aquarist intern at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, recently published the following article and accompanying photograph in Alert Diver Magazine. He is about to begin his third year of college.
Diving with a scalloped hammerhead, photo by Josh Friedman
In the same week that the federal government declined to protect the great white shark, California’s ban on shark fin sales and possession went into effect.
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