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With a 25% cut in water use by cities now ordered by the state, L.A. can be a lot smarter in a time of perilous drought. Here are some wise investments to make right now.
Heal the Bay's top three fixes for the drought
After many years of campaigning, and a successful enactment of a similar ban in LA County, we are proud to announce that a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California, SB270, has passed the state legislature. Our announcement of this victory sp…
Plastic Bag Monster
July 27, 2016 -- Heal the Bay released today a landmark study of water quality in the Los Angeles River. Dr. Katherine Pease, the study's author, explains why improving the river's water quality should be an integral part of any plan to restore it. …
Landmark L.A. River Study Released
July 22, 2016 -- Science and policy director Rita Kampalath gets to the bottom of the massive sewage spill that made a mess of the L.A. River. Perfect blue sky, 95 degrees outside ... and the beaches are closed??
Repair underway at sewage spill, image courtsey of Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Time
July 20, 2016 -- UPDATE: L.A. Sanitation estimates that 2,853,200 gallons of sewage was released from the broken sewer during Monday's spill. Of this amount, 829,100 gallons were contained and returned to the sewer system, while 1,754,100 gallons ult…
Rushing water main (Photo courtesy Los Angeles Times)
July 8, 2016 -- Yesterday the Board of Supervisors voted to place the parks and open space funding measure on the ballot for this November – a crucial step in achieving our shared goals for access to clean, safe, water smart parks and open space ac…
Parks and Open Space Funding Measure
June 29, 2016 -- Heal the Bay celebrates a concrete win in the decades-long fight to clean up polluted beaches in Malibu. Malibu is one of the most breathtaking and desirable places to live in Southern California, but it has a dirty little secre…
Some truly groundbreaking news
June 23, 2016 -- Oozing through the Hall Canyon in Ventura, a crude oil leak was spotted at 5:30 a.m. this morning headed toward the Pacific Ocean. The oil spill traveled over half a mile towards Ventura's beaches and ocean before it was contained by…
Image from the Ventura County Oil Spill
June 13, 2016 -- The drought has harmed California's economy and environment, exposing serious water management issues throughout the state. We applaud Senator Hertzberg for his leadership today in introducing SB 1298, a bill that will help modernize…
SB 1298 Introduced to Improve Local Water Management
May 27, 2016 -- The city of Inglewood comes out in favor of a controversial ocean desalination plant proposed for the shoreline in El Segundo, reports staff scientist Steven Johnson. After a lull in the action, the heated debate over building L.…
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