Santa Monica


Santa Monica is a world-famous city, known for its beautiful beaches and the historical pier—an iconic part of Los Angeles culture. Locals are proud of Santa Monica’s forward-thinking environmental and social philosophies, and tourists from all over the world flock to this one-of-a-kind beach city.

Water Quality

Santa Monica has some sparkling clean beaches, like much of Will Rogers. Unfortunately, some of the most popular beaches have storm drains or creeks that can pollute the water, so watch out for any water crossing the beach. Many of the storm drains in Santa Monica have been diverted to the Santa Monica Urban Runoff Reclamation Facility, or SMURRF, so those beaches are pretty clean during dry weather. Santa Monica Pier used to have serious water quality problems, due to a combination of broken storm-drains and sewage pipes and stagnant water under the pier. In 2010 the water quality at the pier began to turn around.

Heal the Bay Gets Local

Heal the Bay began in Santa Monica, and our offices are still located in our hometown city. We work with the city on a daily basis, on things from a polystyrene (or Styrofoam) ban, to helping solve the problematic water quality at the Santa Monica Pier. Many of our volunteers live in Santa Monica, and our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium attracts visitors from all over the world.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Programs Manager, Tara Crow, explains the arrival of the alien-looking Velella velella, commonly known as by-the-wind-sailors.
Velella, By-The-Wind-Sailor
Everyone needs a little structural work done after a hundred years or so, and we are so grateful that John S. Meek Company, Inc. was here to give the Santa Monica Pier a thorough nip 'n tuck. The skilled folks at Meek also used their expertise to kee…
Thank You Thursday 7-10-14
Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium still has a few spaces left in Science Adventures Camp for kids entering kindergarten through fourth grade. Here, Amanda Jones, our Aquarium Camp Manager,  adapts a favorite camp song to explain: …
Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Programs director Meredith McCarthy says the shared history of L.A.’s beaches isn’t always black and white.
Nick Gabaldon Day Santa Monica Heal the Bay
Our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium this month has unveiled a very special exhibit:  the endangered tidewater goby. We are only one of two aquaria where the public can see this special local species. Aquarium Operations Manager Jose Bacallao writes a…
Who would’ve thought you could make an environmental statement by sipping a cold one? This Saturday, April 26, ordering a Heal the Bay IPA is one way to support a clean and healthy ocean. Thanks to Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles for bringi…
Heal the Bay IPA by Golden Road Brewing in LA
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