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.

Angelenos are once again being asked to stay off the roads this weekend as Caltrans closes a portion of the 405 freeway to demolish the north side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge. The second phase of the mega project, known as Carmageddon, inspired st…
Carmaquarium september 29 30 405 highway carmageddon aquarium heal the bay
Every day Heal the Bay's dedicated staff gets to do what they love—whether it’s introducing a kid to the ocean, alerting beachgoers to avoid unhealthy water or galvanizing support for solutions to pollution. But none of our work would be pos…
Thank You Thursdays PVH Corp
Congratulations Julia Louis-Dreyfus on winning your third Emmy® award last night. The Heal the Bay family is fortunate to have you as a board member! Julia earned her latest Emmy for her performance on HBO’s Veep. She won her other two awards for …
Heal the Bay board member Julia Louis-Dreyfus Won Her 3rd Emmy
Despite scorching temperatures, Southlanders showed up in droves on Saturday to pick up nearly 20 tons of ocean-bound debris as part of Heal the Bay’s 23rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day. From Agoura Hills to Wilmington, 9,323 Angelenos worked together…
Heal the Bay volunteers found nearly 20 tons of trash on 2012 Coastal Cleanup Da
Thousands of Angelenos braved the heat on Saturday’s Coastal Cleanup Day, ridding their neighborhoods and favorite waterways of harmful and unsightly trash while simultaneously capturing the moments on their Smartphones and cameras. …
Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Day Photo Contest Deadline September 29
The California legislative session ended on August 31, and Governor Brown now faces the task of either signing or vetoing the bills that have landed on his desk.  Like other legislative sessions, this one culminated with a flurry of lawmaking. &…
Heal the Bay legislative update climate change Styrofoam plastic bags L.A. River
Syndicate content