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.

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
Today the Los Angeles City Council's Energy and Environment Committee took a bold step towards a double-ban on single-use plastic and paper bags.  The Committee's unanimous recommendation, led by Councilmember Paul Kortez, would require a phased…
Plastic Bag, Bag Ban, Los Angeles (image from Change.org's Denver Ban)
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
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
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