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.

UMeTime, a new app offering deals from your favorite local businesses, celebrates its launch with a party in conjunction with Coastal Cleanup Day. Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be available for those who participate in this year's Coasta…
UMeTime Launch Party
Lifeguard Marcus Chapman and Captain Remy Smith will volunteer at this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15 to help protect ocean users from the effects of pollution.
Lifeguard Marcus Chapman and Captain Remy Smith
Gayle Anderson broadcast live from Santa Monica this morning with information about the Saturday, September 15 Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day on the planet.
Blue Demon Jr. Chico Plastic Bag Monster KTLA Morning News Gayle Anderson CCD
Nearly 700 elementary school students — many of whom had never visited the ocean before — arrived at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, for a day of environmentally focused games, lessons and activies. …
Coastal Cleanup Education Day 2012 Santa Monica Pier
SEND US YOUR BEST SHOTS OF COASTAL CLEANUP DAY 2012 AND YOUR PHOTO COULD BE ON EXHIBIT AT THE AQUARIUM Take a great photo during Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, and share it with @HealtheBay on Instagram, and your photograph could be…
 BEST SHOTS COASTAL CLEANUP DAY 2012 PHOTO photography instagram clean beach
As summer fades away – along with the tourists that season brings – Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is exhibiting a new local species: the wolf-eel, Anarrhichthys ocellatus.  At nearly three-feet long, the juvenile wolf…
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Wolf-eel
Thousands of tiny golden fish dart out of the way as I kick through the kelp forest — it’s amazing that they’re already learning to swim from predators at an early age. As I round the edge of a large rocky reef fringing Santa Cruz Island, I am …
Harbor Seal Marine Protected Area Channel Islands MPA preserve Malibu Palos Verd
I don’t get a ton of opportunity to get out from behind my desk to romp in the creeks and watersheds that we protect. But this Friday afternoon was going to be the exception, as I was joining our Education Department for a kayaking tour of the Los …
Kayaking down the LA River with LA Conservation Corps
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
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