Heal the Bay Blog

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
Ben Kay, a marine biology teacher at Santa Monica High School and longtime partner of Heal the Bay in the fight against plastic pollution, took a midnight run to Santa Monica’s Pico Kenter stormdrain this morning. Here’s his alarming report about…
Winter is Coming Game of Thrones Heal the Bay Storm Response Team
November’s Nothin’ But Sand broke Heal the Bay’s record for the most participants at one of our monthly volunteer cleanups. What a way to end 2013! Some 1,111 participants picked up 210 pounds of ocean-bound trash at Will Rogers State Beach on …
For six years, Heal the Bay has organized "A Day Without a Bag" to kick off the holiday season, encouraging people to skip single-use plastic. But this year we proudly celebrated “A Day With a Bag” – a reusable one – to commemorate the City o…
A Day With a Bag single-use plastic shopping bag ban reusable bags
Heal the Bay CEO Ruskin Hartley pays a visit to one of Heal the Bay's greatest triumphs -- Ahmanson Ranch, the largest parkland acquisition in the history of the Los Angeles-Ventura County region.
Ahmanson Ranch 10 years land park open space
Fatigued by gift cards and e-commerce sites, but exhilarated by the wonders of the ocean? Here are some ways you can simultaneously show some appreciation to our beautiful Bay AND to your loved ones this year by benefiting our work at Heal the Bay: …
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Heal the Bay CEO Ruskin Hartley recently sat down with Saul Gonzalez from KCRW to share his vision for our organization and the unfinished business of cleaning up Santa Monica Bay. Ruskin details how Heal the Bay is well-positioned to play a sig…
Heal the Bay chief executive Ruskin Hartley says it doesn't do much good to fight over the specifics of particular desalination projects. Wednesday was a big day for us at Heal the Bay. After years of work, days spent reviewing environmental document…
Our first-ever S.T.E.A.M. Machines event Nov. 9 on the Santa Monica Pier was a smashing success. Presented by Heal the Bay and Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative, the day included LA’s inaugural Rube Goldberg Contest and a hos…
S.T.E.A.M. Machines on the Pier