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.

I started volunteering at Heal the Bay as a 22-year- old in 1986.  Over the last 25 years, I have some amazing memories.  Here is an extremely abridged list of a few of the most memorable.
Dorothy and Jack: mentors, friends ... and thwarted wedding photographers
Today's guest blogger is Margy Feldman, Heal the Bay's director of advancement. The fog and chill hung in the air as I arrived for a recent morning walk in Manhattan Beach. I found it difficult to see the breakers across the dark sand. Slowly the fog…
The California Department of Fish and Game is actively enforcing the new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), citing a Southern California man early Jan. 15 for poaching dozens of lobsters inside an MPA. According to a media release from the Department of …
A Southern California man received the first citation under new MPA laws
Can good design change the world? According to JUST DESIGN Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, a new book about communication design for the greater good, the answer is a resounding "Yes"! Containing more than 140 stories of socially-engag…
JUST DESIGN, a new book about communication design for the greater good
“The same nutrients that make your grass grow also will make algal blooms grow if they wash down the storm drains and into the waterways,” notes Susie Santilena, an environmental engineer in water quality at Heal the Bay. …
Steering clear of bad fertilizer, zev yaroslavsky, susie santilena, runoff
On Jan. 11, San Luis Obispo County became the 15th community in the state to pass a ban on single-use plastic bags in an effort to encourage citizens to use reusable bags instead. The California Grocers Association endorsed the proposal, as did repre…
On Jan. 11, San Luis Obispo County passed a single-use plastic bag ban
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan.10, 2012) – Heal the Bay president Mark Gold announced today that he is stepping down from the environmental organization to accept a position at the University of California at Los Angeles as associate director of its …
The Water Replenishment District (WRD) will offer a series of free classes for water smart gardening. Topics include drought-tolerant plants, irrigation basics, horticultural practices, and garden design concepts. Classes will be held …
Learn how to use smart garden techniques and save water
Even if you live miles from the ocean, there are some simple steps you can take in your home to protect your favorite beach (as well as your local neighborhood, park or river). Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing short, educational and fun vide…
Ten Ways to Heal the Bay
Today’s guest blogger is Melissa Aguayo, Heal the Bay’s Speakers Bureau Manager The New Year is just around the corner, and we all know what that means… New Year’s resolutions. Some people like to focus on their health while others focus…
Reusable bottles are a bonus for your health, the environment and your wallet
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