South Bay

Overview

Although the South Bay is a collection of different cities within LA County, it is truly a community in and of itself. People from the South Bay are proud of their beaches, casual lifestyle, and take joy in having some of the most user-friendly beaches, and nicest people, around. The South Bay is made up of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.

These cities are made up of downtown areas filled with shops, restaurants, and pubs with the main focus being the beautiful beaches. All along the beach, people walk, run, skate, or cruise along the strand watching the endless waves, countless games of volleyball, and the dolphins swimming by. The South Bay is the birthplace of beach volleyball, and the area has produced some of the best volleyball players in the world.

Water Quality

For the most part, the South Bay has great water quality. Brilliant stretches of white sand beaches flank open ocean beaches that are some of the cleanest in Los Angeles. In 2010, the only area of concern in the South Bay was in Redondo Beach, at the Redondo Beach Pier. These high levels of bacteria could be due to scraps tossed off the Pier by fishermen, or the birds that come to feast on those scraps.

Heal the Bay Gets Local

The South Bay is home to much of Heal the Bay’s work. From the proposed desalination plant near the El Segundo power plant on Rosecrans Avenue, to our education programs at the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse and the Redondo Beach SEA Lab, Heal the Bay is working on a myriad of projects in this community, including supporting a Manhattan Beach plastic bag ban, classroom education and beach cleanups.

A proposal to more than double wastewater fees in Redondo Beach over the next three years has been approved by the City Council despite a mild protest. Kudos to the city for taking the right steps to ensure that South Bay beaches remain safe and heal…
Redondo Beach Pier, Beach Water Quality, Heal the Bay, South Bay
A group of scientists at the Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro is analyzing the presence of a tumor on a White Croaker captured in the port of Long Beach. Historically, the existence of tumors in this fish has been associated with contamination from tox…
Tumor found on White Croaker fish
Ulices Ramirez and Yahaira Arenas, seniors at Santee Education Complex, a high school near downtown Los Angeles, didn’t like the litter they saw in their community, so they decided to document the problem in a short video as a class project. With h…
Two Santee high school students document litter in their communities
Today's guest blogger is Matthew King, Heal the Bay's director of communications.
Eric Garcetti roasts Mark Gold
Your kid just downed the entire contents of his reusable water bottle and you’re far from home. Where can you safely refill it? Now there’s a free app to help you find the nearest drinking water fountain. Developed by the Center for Embedded Netw…
WeTap App allows users to find working water fountains and report broken ones
Today's blogger is Matthew King, Heal the Bay's communications director.Surfing is not kind to beginners. The waves are intimidating, the equipment expensive and the "rules" of the sport confusing. Learning how to get upright on a board is a grueling…
The Black Surfing Association espouses ocean culture
Beach water quality just took a major hit, with the Environmental Protection Agency announcing its plan to eliminate federal funds for testing water contamination. The plan would cut $10 million in grants the EPA gives each year to state and local a…
Swimming at the beach will be riskier than ever, if the EPA cuts water testing
The "Ocean Lover's Choice," El Matador, won our Facebook poll, which asked supporters to share their favorite romantic beach along the West Coast. You can't get much more dramatic than this secluded rocky cove. Discover the other top 10 most romantic…
Encinal Canyon, El Matador, Malibu Best Romantic Beach
Thank  you to all those who entered Heal the Bay's Cirque du Soleil drawing to win a pair of tickets to OVO at the Santa Monica Pier.  The final pair of tickets will be given away for the following OVO performance:
Heal the Bay, Cirque du Soleil, OVO, Santa Monica Pier
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