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: Mark shares some more of his more memorable moments at Heal the Bay.
An early Beach Report Card annual report press event
Editor's Note: Mark shares some more of his more memorable moments at Heal the Bay. Read the first installment A Wave of Memories.
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Mark Gold
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