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.

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
Just in time for summer vacation planning, weather information site Weather Underground is now providing Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card grades to beachgoers in California and the Pacific Northwest on its Beach Weather pages, potentially reac…
beach, weather, water quality, surfers, swimmers, beachgoers
May 4, 2012 Heal the Bay’s campaign to “Take L.A. By Storm” got off to a great start yesterday, with concerned citizens telling the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control board to set strong pollution limits as it debates a new stormwater p…
Taking L.A. By Storm, MS4 Stormwater Permit, Clean Water Act, Water Pollution
The answer is blowing in the wind for oceanographers who have discovered that gusts of wind push plastic debris below the surface of the water, rendering previous data gathered by skimming the surface inaccurate.
Photo Credit: Sea Education Association, plastic pollution, marine debris,
Today’s guest blogger is Edward Murphy, secondary education coordinator at Heal the Bay April 27, 2012 Throughout April, as we here at Heal the Bay celebrated Earth Month, I got to spend time with my favorite students and community groups in Compto…
Compton, Ian Somerhalder, Big Sunday, cleanup, Earth Day
Today’s guest blogger is Kirsten James, Heal the Bay’s director of water quality. The federal Clean Water Act turns 40 this year. Water quality has come a long way since 1972 but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to ensure that our waters re…
Join the Taking L.A. by Storm campaign to fight for clean water
April 25, 2012 Today’s guest blogger is Melissa Aguayo, speakers bureau manager at Heal the Bay We are in the middle of the second week of Chivas USA’s Recycling Competition in which Castelar Elementary and Glassel Park Elementary duke it out to …
Heal the Bay teams up with Chivas USA to promote recycling at local schools
Today’s blogger is Dana Roeber Murray, a marine and coastal scientist at Heal the Bay As a recreational and scientific diver, I’ve seen the California spiny lobster ‑ an ecologically important species in our local kelp forests, as well as an im…
California spiny lobsteri, brittle stars, MPA, MLPA, Heal the Bay
April 24, 2012 Today’s blogger is Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s coastal resources director Last week we lost a local coastal champion, Joe Melchione, to his fight with lung cancer. Joe was a dedicated environmental activist, friend, and talented …
Joe Melchione, Malibu Surfing Association, Heal the Bay, Malibu, MSA
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