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.

Veteran TV broadcaster Huell Howser passed away Sunday night. Here Communications Director Matthew King remembers his work with Heal the Bay. If anyone could make plastic bags come alive, it’d be Huell Howser.   
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