About Us

"When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves"

Who has heard the soothing sound of crashing surf, smelled the crisp salty sea air, basked in the warmth of the sun overhead and sand under foot, relished the joy of catching the perfect wave, felt an angler's excitement from the tug of the fishing line, returned from an invigorating shore swim, delighted in the sighting of a passing pod of dolphins, or watched in quiet awe the beauty of an ocean sunset, and not been inspired to hold and keep these experiences dear?

Our rivers, our beaches and our ocean are incredible natural resources that serve as special spiritual sanctuaries.  But our coast provides not only intangible, emotional value, a healthy marine ecosystem also serves as a critical source of real economic wealth in southern California, from the bounty of seafood, recreation and tourism it provides.  When we protect the watersheds in which we all live, from the most inland neighborhood streets to the furthest edge of the sea, we protect our own well being.

Since 1985, people like you who care about our rivers, beaches and oceans have been a part of Heal the Bay's fight to make Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.

As far back as our first fight to end the dumping of untreated wastewater from the Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant, we've worked from a base of science to educate you, the media and government agencies about the causes and effects of pollution on our Bay.

Today, the greatest threats to our coastal waters and watersheds, and to all of us - both human and animal - that rely on the ocean for pleasure, income or sustenance, come from urban and stormwater runoff, plastic pollution, and the ever-increasing stresses to our marine environment from over-fishing and climate change. 

To meet these challenges, Heal the Bay continues to partner with you and thousands of your neighbors in southern California through community action programs such as Nothin' But Sand and Coastal Cleanup Day and through advocacy efforts to move municipal, state and Federal government and regulatory agencies to act in our collective interests.  We couldn't meet our challenges without the help of local businesses, community leaders, grassroots activists, and our dedicated volunteers and supporters across Los Angeles County and beyond.

Working together, we can protect and save one of our most precious, natural resources – with your help, we can heal the bay.

Seeing the Heal the Bay flag fly high gives us a “Zing!” feeling. There’s not much we enjoy more than sharing our message… except when others share it for us with equal enthusiasm.
Heal the Bay Thank You Thursday Heart in Sand
A proposed development that would impact thousands of acres of land to house 60,000 people in and around six miles of the Santa Clara River—one of the last free-flowing natural rivers in California—has been put on hold.
San Fernando Valley Spineflower Photo: Anuja Parikh and Nathan Gale
Heal the Bay staff canvass Los Angeles County each week, hosting events and offering fun ways to engage with the local environment.
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We’re heading home from the L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board hearing in Simi Valley. Songs on the radio give constant reminders of the imminent impacts to the Santa Clara River. Duran Duran’s Rio comes on, and Midnight Oil’s Beds Are B…
Santa Clara River, by Flickr User Wendell
Heal the Bay has been fighting to protect our local waters since 1985 and we’ve made a lot of friends along the way who steadfastly support our efforts.
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On Friday, October 5, Heal the Bay supporters and staffers packed a Metropolitan Water District meeting room to lend our voices to the fight to keep strong stormwater protections in place throughout Southern California.
Heal the Bay took the hearing by storm on October 5
One of the many joys of working at Heal the Bay is making new friends and partners in our community.
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Are you a take-charge kind of person? Do you enjoy hearing your voice boom out over a megaphone? Have a passion for finding solutions to pollution? Then you might be a potential beach cleanup captain.
Beach Cleanup Captains Pollution Solution
Every day Heal the Bay's dedicated staff gets to do what they love—whether it’s introducing a kid to the ocean, alerting beachgoers to avoid unhealthy water or galvanizing support for solutions to pollution. But none of our work would be pos…
Thank You Thursdays PVH Corp
Congratulations Julia Louis-Dreyfus on winning your third Emmy® award last night. The Heal the Bay family is fortunate to have you as a board member! Julia earned her latest Emmy for her performance on HBO’s Veep. She won her other two awards for …
Heal the Bay board member Julia Louis-Dreyfus Won Her 3rd Emmy
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