Long Beach / Avalon

Overview

Although close geographically, Long Beach and Avalon couldn’t be more different. Long Beach is home to massive container ships and the shipping center of the Southland. Avalon, the quaint town on Catalina Island, is home to beautiful beaches and incredible diving and snorkeling.

Water Quality

Long Beach has some beautiful, clean open ocean beaches. But, as you get closer to the mouth of the LA River, which receives pollution from all over the county, and the Port of LA, water quality becomes a real problem. Because of the combination of clean and polluted beaches, Long Beach is a great example of why it's important to familiarize yourself with water quality patterns at your favorite beaches by using the Beach Report Card.  In Avalon, on the other hand, while the waters are clear and full of marine life, local beaches consistently have unacceptably high levels of bacteria. These bacteria, which are from unknown causes, can make swimmers sick.

Heal the Bay Gets Local

Heal the Bay is involved in solving some of Long Beach's most troubling pollution problems. We are working on cleaning up the Los Angeles river (through pollution limits and plastic bag legislation) and tackling some of the contaminated sediments that come from heavy industry. We also work closely with the wonderful Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, in nearby San Pedro. On Catalina Island, we are working with local representatives to identify and remediate those high bacteria levels. We’re also working to develop Marine Protected Areas, which would limit fishing in these precious waters.

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
Tune in to the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Lonely Planet "California Adventure" special at 10 a.m. Sunday to tour Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with the popular travel show’s host, Dominic Bonnuccelli. 
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Lonely Planet BBC America
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…
What better way to kick off a summer spent at the shore than with some family-friendly, crowd-pleasing ocean sport competition? In the water on June 9, the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival will feature SUP, paddleboard, ocean s…
June 9 ocean sport paddleboard surf swim Santa Monica pier
California beachgoers can head to the shore with little anxiety this summer, as their beaches are generally very clean, according to Heal the Bay’s 2012 Beach Report Card®. In fact, 407 of the 441 beaches monitored throughout California’s summer…
Beach Report Card Annual Report 2012 Redondo Beach Photo - Joy Aoki
On May 17 Heal the Bay hosted nearly 1,000 of our closest friends and biggest supporters at our annual Bring Back the Beach gala. Themed “Sea of Love,” this year’s sold-out event celebrated eco-couple Danny Moder and Julia Roberts, as well as A…
Heal the Bay honored eco couple Danny Moder and Julia Roberts on May 17
Do you think the City of L.A. should be a leader on the single-use bag issue instead of the last to the finish line? Do you want to end the scourge of plastic bag pollution in your neighborhood, local city streets and worse of all, on our local beach…
ban plastic bags City of L.A. sack the bag
They may be small, but sea skaters are alerting scientists to the immense perils posed by plastic pollution in the ocean. “We're seeing changes in this marine insect that can be directly attributed to the plastic," says Miriam Goldstein, a research…
plastic bags, litter, trash, ocean, marine debris
Just in time for summer vacation planning, weather information site Weather Underground is now providing Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card grades to beachgoers in California and the Pacific Northwest on its Beach Weather pages, potentially reac…
beach, weather, water quality, surfers, swimmers, beachgoers
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