Get Local

connecting as a community

With more than 55 miles of coastline, Los Angeles County is blessed with beautiful beaches that offer a diverse mix of recreational opportunities. From a sunrise stroll along the crescent shoreline at idyllic Leo Carrillo State Park to Fourth of July family picnic beside the fire pits at bustling Dockweiler State Beach, you can find a memorable spot for an invigorating day at the beach. Be it for people watching, biking, surfing, sunbathing, kite flying, playing volleyball, swimming or just loafing, we all have our favorite local spot.

Heal the Bay works hard to protect these special places and keep them free of harmful bacteria and unsightly trash. But we need your help to keep them protected. You can attend one of our educational or volunteer events that we hold at coastal and inland locations throughout the year. You can encourage your local legislator to adopt ocean friendly measures. You can also get weekly updates about the water quality at your favorite spot and more than 90 other sites throughout Los Angeles County via our Beach Report Card.

To help keep you informed about conditions and upcoming events at your favorite local beach, we’ve created a Get Local section and broken down the county coastline into several sub-regions. Click on a region and get current conditions and news about your favorite beaches.

But our work goes beyond the shoreline. You and millions of Angelenos are all connected via a series of watersheds that drain throughout Los Angeles County. We do a lot of work in neighborhoods and schools miles from the sea, helping people make the connection between clean communities and clean seas. The Get Local section also includes information about these outreach activities. Please let us know about ocean-friendly events and efforts in your local area. 

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Director Vicki Wawerchak’s account of preparing harbor seal and sea lion skulls to become artifacts on display at the Aquarium. (Read Parts One and Two)
Articulated mammal skulls
On Oct. 1, Heal the Bay volunteers and staff gathered on the shores of Santa Monica to honor the sea as part of the World Festival of Sacred Music opening concert. Some people brought flowers as offerings, while musicians such as the Agape Internatio…
Water is Rising Festival - Tiat
About six months ago, the city of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation (BoS) started setting up dozens of meetings with the public and the environmental  community on the city’s wastewater system upgrade plan and the need for a major increase i…
Spouting Off - The Stink Over L.A. Sewer Charges
On Sunday morning, our family schlepped out to Rosemead for my niece’s 17th birthday. The destination for Isabel’s festivities was Sea Harbor, one of my brother Jonathan’s favorite dim sum places in the county. After all of these decades of gru…
Spouting Off - Shark's fin dumplings
Today, the Regional Water Board agenda looked a little light and Heal the Bay’s water quality director, Kirsten James, and environmental engineer, Susie Santilena, had the issues pretty well covered.  I was going to come in at the usual time …
Spouting Off at the Wedge
Burbank and Huntington Beach city councils voted this week to move forward with plastic bag bans, part of a growing movement of local governments taking responsibility for ending the environmental and economic waste caused by plastic pollution. The m…
Two More Cities Ban Plastic Bags
In celebration of Ocean Awareness Month, artist Marina DeBris’ “Beach Couture — A Trash 'n' Fashion Show” showcases the artwork she crafts from detritus she picks up as she walks the Westside. “In the beginning I would just pick up stacks o…
Mannequin by Marina DeBris
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