Heal the Bay Blog

With the one-year anniversary of the establishment of California’s statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) coming up on Dec. 19, we wanted to highlight some of the recent coastal use trends we’re seeing in Los Angeles MPAs, with data c…
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How many of us know that the largest underwater Superfund site is in our own backyard? Throughout the 1940s-70s more than 100 tons of DDT and PCBs were dumped into our local waters, deposited in an area known as the Palos Verdes shelf. But some recen…
Palos Verdes PCBs DDT Environmental Protection Agency contamination
Staff scientist Dana Murray reports on a mysterious disease hitting West Coast tidal zones: Missing limbs … melting masses of flesh … gooey lesions overtaking the entire body. No, it’s not the stuff of a sci-fi horror movie. Rather, it’s a tr…
Local Sea Stars Under Siege from wasting disease
We don’t take clean water for granted and we know you don’t either. Whether you’ve joined us at one of our beach cleanups, visited our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium or donated funds when you could, you’ve shown us how deeply committed you are to…
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CEO Ruskin Hartley gets up close with the wonders of the Bay. For the last eight weeks or so I have largely been looking at Santa Monica Bay from the shore. Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve enjoyed playing in the waves and swimming along the shore…
Since 1985, we’ve partnered with people like you – volunteers, supporters and sustainers -- to make Southern Californian waters safer, healthier and cleaner. And 2014 will prove no different. As another year closes, it’s a good time to reflec…
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As the nation takes stock on this Giving Tuesday, think about what the Bay means to you and your family. We can’t take our region's greatest resource for granted. If you're not already a supporter, please make this the day to donate to Heal the Bay…
Giving Tuesday December 3 #GivingTuesday Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay chief Ruskin Hartley says sewage isn't sexy, but it's fascinating: I recently had the chance to tour the Hyperion treatment plant with a group of staff and volunteers from Heal the Bay. Many thanks to our friends at the Bureau of Sanita…
9 Cool Facts About the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant
It all adds up. Every minute we spent advocating for shark fin and plastic bag bans. Every piece of trash we picked up in our communities. Every student we led to the beach for the day. At the end of the year when we reflect on all that we accomplish…
2013 reflection thank you gratitude volunteer plastic bag ban beach cleanup
Back by popular demand, for a limited time only during the holiday season, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is offering its wolf-eel for adoption. Nine different marine animals on display at the Aquarium are available for adoption year-lon…
Aquadopt the Wolf Eel