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.

Heal the Bay and California Greenworks Inc, have joined forces to thank Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers with a FREE concert ticket for EarthFest L.A. 2012!
First 100 Volunteers at Bay Street Site Receive Jazz Concert Tickets
Bay Street has been added as one of the Coastal Cleanup Day sites in Southern California. 
Coastal Cleanup Day Bay Street Beach Inkwell
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tar ball natural oil seeps Santa Monica Bay Dockweiler Beach
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(c) Terry Goss 2006/Marine Photobank
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We are proud to announce that KTLA5 won a 2012 Emmy for its one-hour special about Heal the Bay's Coastal Cleanup Day program. The Emmy was the third that KTLA has won for its CCD-focused programming. We are grateful to KTLA for showcasing our work…
KTLA's Coastal Cleanup Day program wins an Emmy
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Photos ©Rob Kalmbach
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