Marina del Rey / Playa del Rey

Overview

Marina del Rey is the boating center of West Los Angeles, home to million dollar yachts and ancient dinghies. Visitors can take whale watching or fishing trips from the Marina, or even charter a cruise or arrange a trip to Catalina. Unfortunately, boats, and the accompanying structures, can bring water quality problems. Playa del Rey, just to the south, is a beach community home to Loyola Marymount University and the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats sewage from all of Los Angeles.

Water Quality

The main swimming beach in the marina, Mothers Beach, has long-term pollution problems due to the lack of wave action and circulation. Although it has few waves, and the water is generally warm, it’s not a good place to swim. Dockweiler Beach just down the coast in Playa del Rey is a much better choice, though Ballona Creek’s outfall does contribute to water quality problems there. If you’re swimming at Dockweiler, check the Beach Report Card for your specific location, and make sure to avoid any outfalls.

Heal the Bay Gets Local

Mothers Beach has always been a large part of Heal the Bay’s work in Marina del Rey. We work on solutions to improve tidal circulation and educate people about avoiding polluted beaches. Heal the Bay was founded because of Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant, and we were very involved with the updating of this facility. Now, Hyperion is a world-class sewage treatment plant.

Work by biologists, physicists and experts in finfish culture and pathogen pollution received a $1.4 million boost from California Sea Grant research funds. Nine new science-based projects were awarded grants, including:
Sea Grant funds projects to rebuild Central Valley chinook salmon population
As top vacation destinations in the country, beaches are critical for recreation and the U.S. economy.  Specifically, California’s coastal tourism, which generates substantial revenues, is largely dependent on clean waters. Yet, every year, …
Tell EPA to Protect Your Family at the Beach
Show the special ocean lover in your life what they mean to you by donating a gift to Heal the Bay this Valentine’s Day. At the same time, you’ll be making a significant difference to our local waters. If you like, Heal the Bay will send notifica…
Protect What You Love-Dedicate a Gift to Heal the Bay for Valentine's Day
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.
Mark Gold and Gray Davis at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
The Santa Monica City Council unanimously supported a resolution last night affirming individual environmental rights to clean air, water and soil, sustainable water and food supplies, and a climate unaltered by anthropogenic impacts.  Nearl…
S.M. Does the Rights Thing
Last chance to cast your vote! Get your vote in today! VS.
Vote for Your Favorite Romantic Beach
I started volunteering at Heal the Bay as a 22-year- old in 1986.  Over the last 25 years, I have some amazing memories.  Here is an extremely abridged list of a few of the most memorable.
Dorothy and Jack: mentors, friends ... and thwarted wedding photographers
Syndicate content