Santa Monica


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.

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
Happy New Year! We're gratified by the response to our request for fiscal support at the close of 2013. Thank you to all who answered the call to protect what you love, whether you're donating for the first time or renewing a commitment to continue t…
Back by popular demand, for a limited time only during the holiday season, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is offering its wolf-eel for adoption. Nine different marine animals on display at the Aquarium are available for adoption year-lon…
Aquadopt the Wolf Eel
We had so much fun with our visitors on Sunday during the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Halloween and Dia de los Muertos festivities. Our first-ever Halloween parade was a smashing success (no pumpkins were injured in the process). Father-and-son Dr…
Halloween Parade on the Pier
Halloween always goes by too quickly for kids. There’s all that time deciding what you want to be, then there’s assembling the costume and all for one night of trick-or-treating. It’s enough to make a goblin grumpy.
Halloween Parade pals Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Dia de los Muertos costume
Guest blogger Kurt Holland taught science at Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse, a public K-8 learning center, for 10 years. A marine science and environmental education leader, Kurt will contribute occasional blogs focused on science education. …
Preparing to gather water samples on a Santa Monica PIer Aquarium field trip
Aquarium volunteer Audree Fowler will mark her 80th birthday on Monday, Oct. 7. The following information appeared in a volunteer newsletter several years ago, but her remarkable career bears celebrating again.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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