Santa Monica

Overview

Santa Monica is a world-famous city, known for its beautiful beaches and the historical pier—an iconic part of Los Angeles culture. Locals are proud of Santa Monica’s forward-thinking environmental and social philosophies, and tourists from all over the world flock to this one-of-a-kind beach city.

Water Quality

Santa Monica has some sparkling clean beaches, like much of Will Rogers. Unfortunately, some of the most popular beaches have storm drains or creeks that can pollute the water, so watch out for any water crossing the beach. Many of the storm drains in Santa Monica have been diverted to the Santa Monica Urban Runoff Reclamation Facility, or SMURRF, so those beaches are pretty clean during dry weather. Santa Monica Pier used to have serious water quality problems, due to a combination of broken storm-drains and sewage pipes and stagnant water under the pier. In 2010 the water quality at the pier began to turn around.

Heal the Bay Gets Local

Heal the Bay began in Santa Monica, and our offices are still located in our hometown city. We work with the city on a daily basis, on things from a polystyrene (or Styrofoam) ban, to helping solve the problematic water quality at the Santa Monica Pier. Many of our volunteers live in Santa Monica, and our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium attracts visitors from all over the world.

Last Saturday our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium hosted S.T.E.A.M. Machines on the Pier—a day of fun and tinkering, art and innovation—all anchored by a Rube Goldberg machine contest. Thanks so much to our presenting sponsor, Time Warn…
S.T.E.A.M. Machines Rube Goldberg festival at Santa Monica Pier
Nov, 13, 2014 -- Jaclyn Friedlander saw the email inviting Santa Monica Pier Aquarium volunteers to build a Rube Goldberg Machine for this Saturday’s S.T.E.A.M. Machines event on the Pier and took the challenge to her most creative and handy friend…
A huge thank you to Adventure Voyaging for including Heal the Bay in last month’s Catalina Cruisers Weekend – two days full of fun at Two Harbors. Additional thanks go out to Peter Ellis and friends who served up the famous “Buffalo Milk” bev…
The Frightfully “Fintastic” Fishy Fest held last weekend at our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium lived up to its name. The marine center was packed with all sorts of witches, ghosts and ghouls. It was a monstrously successful event and we have some nei…
Halloween at Heal the Bay
Our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium always loves dressing up for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. There’s the colorful papel picado hanging from the rafters, mini pumpkins decorating the tanks and spooky enhancements all around. Volunteers and visitors…
Halloween Parade on the Pier
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