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.

Programs director Meredith McCarthy says the shared history of L.A.’s beaches isn’t always black and white.
Nick Gabaldon Day Santa Monica Heal the Bay
Our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium this month has unveiled a very special exhibit:  the endangered tidewater goby. We are only one of two aquaria where the public can see this special local species. Aquarium Operations Manager Jose Bacallao writes a…
Who would’ve thought you could make an environmental statement by sipping a cold one? This Saturday, April 26, ordering a Heal the Bay IPA is one way to support a clean and healthy ocean. Thanks to Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles for bringi…
Heal the Bay IPA by Golden Road Brewing in LA
For the past few months, our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has been graced with its very own in-house curator. Viki Stathopoulos, by day the Outreach Facilitator and Director of Fun at Trash for Teaching, inspires visitors of all ages to imaginatively r…
Thank You, Trash for Teaching
The folks at apparel company Horny Toad have supported Heal the Bay in many ways over the years, and we’re thrilled to be featured on their website in celebration of World Water Day, coming up March 22nd. They love us for our dedication to improvin…
Thank You Thursday Speakers Bureau volunteers Rubio's
There’s nothing fishy about our friends at Ascenta Health, a natural health products company that uses sustainable oil sources for its Omega 3-based products. Ascenta goes the extra distance as a member of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of business…
Thank You Thursday
We extend a giant thank you to everyone who turned out to help officially launch our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Dorothy Green Room at the January 18th grand opening party. It was a huge success; by the end of the day, 2116 visitors had come throu…
Dorothy Green Room Grand Opening at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
The new watershed exhibit in our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Dorothy Green Room passed inspection today by some very important guests: two green frogs, one blue frog and one very petite and agile fish.
Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM characters explore the Watershed Exhibit
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