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.

On World Oceans Day, traditionally held each year on June 8, people around the globe gather to celebrate and honor the ocean and the life it contains. The theme for 2012 is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change” and the event boasts a long list of act…
Kids World Ocean Day June 9 Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Ocean lovers in the Orange County now have a newly-enhanced resource for assessing water quality conditions before going for a swim.  The Orange County Health Agency’s Ocean Water Protection Program just upgraded its public web tool, making it…
Photo: IceNineJon on Flickr Orange County ocean water beach information weather
What better way to kick off a summer spent at the shore than with some family-friendly, crowd-pleasing ocean sport competition? In the water on June 9, the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival will feature SUP, paddleboard, ocean s…
June 9 ocean sport paddleboard surf swim Santa Monica pier
California beachgoers can head to the shore with little anxiety this summer, as their beaches are generally very clean, according to Heal the Bay’s 2012 Beach Report Card®. In fact, 407 of the 441 beaches monitored throughout California’s summer…
Beach Report Card Annual Report 2012 Redondo Beach Photo - Joy Aoki
May 23, 2012 In a 13-1 city council vote, Los Angeles today became the largest municipality in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags. Heal the Bay board members Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sharon Lawrence, Amy Smart and David Nahai addressed dozens of oce…
Eco-champion reusable bag prevails over single-use plastic bag
On May 17 Heal the Bay hosted nearly 1,000 of our closest friends and biggest supporters at our annual Bring Back the Beach gala. Themed “Sea of Love,” this year’s sold-out event celebrated eco-couple Danny Moder and Julia Roberts, as well as A…
Heal the Bay honored eco couple Danny Moder and Julia Roberts on May 17
On May 23, Heal the Bay will lead a rally on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to urge the City Council to vote for a ban on single-use shopping bags.
plastic grocery store bag, trash at a Calabasas landfill (Los Angeles Times)
Do you think the City of L.A. should be a leader on the single-use bag issue instead of the last to the finish line? Do you want to end the scourge of plastic bag pollution in your neighborhood, local city streets and worse of all, on our local beach…
ban plastic bags City of L.A. sack the bag
They may be small, but sea skaters are alerting scientists to the immense perils posed by plastic pollution in the ocean. “We're seeing changes in this marine insect that can be directly attributed to the plastic," says Miriam Goldstein, a research…
plastic bags, litter, trash, ocean, marine debris
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