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.

A California bill that will prohibit stores from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags, passed through the State Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee with a 5-2 vote on Monday, July 2, just in time for International Plastic Bag Free Day…
Reusable bags in California's future, Rachelle Lefevre
Learn how to save money and the planet by using earthworms to convert "waste" into a valuable soil amendment on Friday, June 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Santa Monica College. The day will also provide a chance to see SMC’s automated Vermitech flow-throug…
Learn about vermicomposting at Santa Monica College
Municipal stormwater permits regulate all urban runoff discharge from separate storm sewer systems, so-called MS4s. Because stormwater is the No. 1 source of coastal pollution in California, these permits are a big deal for ensuring public health …
Join the Take L.A. by Storm campaign to fight for clean water
Filling up blue bins definitely pays off, as more than 100 Glassell Park Elementary fifth graders recently discovered, having recycled their way to the beach and a seaside lunch at Duke’s Malibu.
education program Glassell Park Duke's Malibu  Hula Pie
Today's blogger is Katherine Pease, Heal the Bay's Watershed Scientist  At Heal the Bay, May and June mean that it's time for the Stream Team to conduct our yearly biological assessments of streams in the Malibu Creek Watershed.
Stream Team Arroyo Sequit Leo Carrillo Malibu Creek California newts
June 11, 2012 Today's guest blogger is Susie Santilena, an environmental engineer and water quality scientist at Heal the Bay.
Santa Clara River, by Flickr User Wendell
June 7, 2012 Today's guest blogger is Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay's coastal resources director
Cobalt Forest MPA Melvin Moncrieff Marine Protected Area Oceans Garibaldi
Today’s guest blogger is Dana Roeber Murray, a marine and coastal scientist with Heal the Bay. A little more than a year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Heal the Bay is conducting our first tsunami debris monitoring of Los An…
Japan tsunami debris NOAA Heal the Bay marine debris Los Angeles County cleanup
At a time when most schools are focused on fundraising to support their own libraries and arts programs, one local school decided to share some of the money their families raised at a beach cleanup event to help further Heal the Bay’s mission. …
Heal the Bay Mariposa Elementary beach cleanup donation Agoura Hills education
June 4, 2012 The California Travel Association (CTA) will bestow its annual Tourism Stewardship of the Year award this week to Heal the Bay, recognizing us for doing the most to “protect, preserve, restore, improve, expand, or otherwise enhance Cal…
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