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: Roberta Brown is a Santa Monica-based writer, fight choreographer and mother (three vocations that she says go surprisingly well together). She is the West Coast Editor for Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect.
Children at the Aquarium touch tanks
Our Stream Team recently discovered some illegal dumping going on in Cold Creek in the Malibu Creek watershed. A very large amount of yard waste and woody debris had been dumped off from Piuma Road into the stream channel.
Debris in Cold Creek
The second installment of Buy the Bay – a project which sees our favorite artists and designers turn their favorite beach experiences and memories into art pieces – launches in two weeks. We’re thrilled, and we hope you are too. …
Buy the Bay
A Gardena seafood dealer who imported and sold illegal whale meat from Japan pled guilty Tuesday, May 31st, to violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
sei whale
After months of legal debate, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled Oct. 27 that the proposed plan to restore impaired Malibu Lagoon can move forward. Responding to opponents' legal challenges, the judge found tha…
Malibu Lagoon
Earlier in the week, Frankie Orrala and James Alamillo gave a staff presentation in our office on the progress of the Pier Angler Outreach Program coordinated by Heal the Bay, EPA and the Fish Contamination Education Collaborative (FCEC).  Fr…
PV Fish Map
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