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.

Heal the Bay has been leading the fight to end the fiscal and environmental waste created by single-use shopping bags for five years. So we were heartened today to see the Los Angeles Times' editorial board urging the Los Angeles City Council to adop…
Los Angeles Times, Plastic Bags
Today's blogger is Kirsten James, Heal the Bay's water quality director. All too often when I mention the topic of TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads), people’s eyes start to glaze over. What’s a TMDL you ask? It’s a calculation of the maximum …
TMDL, Sampling, EPA, Water Quality, Science
The Hermosa Beach City Council has voted in favor of banning single-use polystyrene (better known as Styrofoam) food containers.  Originally proposed by the city’s Green Task Force back in 2010, the ban is set to go into effect in 180 days if …
The Hermosa Beach City Council voted in favor of banning single-use Styrofoam
Today's blogger is Susie Santilena, an environmental engineer in water quality at Heal the Bay.
Heal the Bay works with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission
Thursday was a busy day for Heal the Bay. We cleaned up – literally and figuratively – with two of our biggest supporters: The Los Angeles Lakers and Whole Foods. We divided our forces, with teams of staff and volunteers simultaneously scattering…
Andrew Bynum collecting trash: LA Lakers / Delta Corporate Healer Beach Cleanup
Overwatering is wasteful and moves trash and toxins to the ocean. Turn off the faucet when you don't need it. Fix leaky pipes and install low-flow shower heads and toilets. By conserving water, you can put less stress on sewage treatment plants and …
Ten Ways to Heal the Bay Don't be a Drip Video, water
2012 is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. This year EPA and others will highlight the tremendous progress in reducing pollution since 1972, the many milestones along the wa…
Clean Water Act, Beach Water Quality
Guinness, corned beef and...clean oceans? With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, Heal the Bay offers some useful tips on how to have fun while also protecting our beaches and watersheds. Think six-pack rings and trips to the loo...Use a Desig…
Stay Green on St. Patrick's Day, shamrock, Heal the Bay
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
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