On May 23, 2012, the Los Angeles City Council voted to draft an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags and place a charge on paper bags at grocery stores and select other retailers. The ordinance still needs final approval from the City Council, so we need your support now.
Heal the Bay staff have fielded questions about the hundreds of sea lion pups washing up on our local beaches. We love these animals too, so we're very concerned. We've contacted our partners and compiled the latest information to inform you of the current status of this crisis.
Los Angeles County residents have the opportunity to reduce harmful trash and pollution in our waterways and protect local sources of drinking water from contamination. The new Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure, to be voted on by parcel owners next spring, would provide $270 million in funding for innovative stormwater projects that would create multiple economic and environmental benefits for the entire region.
The EPA is proposing to cut all federal funding for beach water quality monitoring in 2013, putting over 90 million Americans at risk of getting sick from polluted water! You and your family should expect enjoyable and worry-free beach days. Join Heal the Bay and Surfrider in asking Congress to restore the money for beach water testing in the federal budget.
Educating children about the importance of environmental responsibility is one of the keys to protecting natural resources in the future. Heal the Bay educates thousands of children and young adults annually through a variety of field trips and programs already, with your support we can reach even more students.