Venice Beach

Overview

Venice still remains the ultimate funky urban beach city it has always been. From the world-famous boardwalk, with its vendors and performers, to the tourist draw of Muscle Beach, Venice truly is a place like no other.  Although it’s part of Los Angeles, its close proximity to Santa Monica means that it shares many characteristics of its wealthy neighbor to the north.

Water Quality

All in all, Venice has outstanding water quality.  From the Venice Pier, with its fishermen, up and down the boardwalk, water quality is generally very good. Occasionally, one of the stormdrains crossing Venice Beach will cause water quality problems. In 2010, we noticed that particularly at the Windward Avenue stormdrain.

Heal the Bay Gets Local

Like Santa Monica, Venice is truly part of Heal the Bay’s home turf. We speak at neighborhood council meetings, and help encourage the community to end our dependence on plastic bags and takeout containers. Each year we speak at numerous schools and clubs, and we also hold regular beach cleanups on local Venice beaches.

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
April 19, 2012 When a multilingual metropolis such as Los Angeles wants to encourage its residents to forgo their plastic and paper bags in favor or reusable ones, it takes a lot of talking and translating.
Reusable Bag - Photo by Molly Peterson, KPCC
To help celebrate Earth Day, Heal the Bay will partner with Ralphs Grocery Company to provide resources for Coastal Cleanup Day, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and a Heal the Bay activity guide highlighting ways to for kids to prevent marine pollut…
Ralphs bolsters its support of Heal the Bay's mission with a $25,000 donation
Phytoplankton (a.k.a. tiny marine plants) produce half the planet's food and there are signs that their numbers are plummeting as the seas warm, according to a recent article in the magazine New Scientists.
Phytoplankton, Climate Change, Ocean, Heal the Bay, Science, Marine Biology
What better way to celebrate the 42nd Earth Day than by getting your very own rain barrel? Harvesting rainwater protects the ocean from urban runoff and conserves potable water.
Get your own low-cost rain barrel and help preserve the ocean from urban runoff
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