Our local waters should be teeming with wildlife, not trash and bacteria. Here’s how we’re bringing the Bay back to life:
- Campaigning for tough legislation that keeps harmful plastic out of the Pacific
- Monitoring water quality at 450 California beaches each week and making daily water quality predictions at dozens of sites
- Pressing local and state regulators to hold polluters accountable
- Inspiring guests at our Aquarium to take action in defense of the natural world
Science-based solutions restore rivers, streams and creeks. Here’s how we’re making waves in neighborhoods across LA:
Los Angeles imports over 80% of its water—a number that’s far too high. Here’s how we’re reshaping L.A.’s flow:
- Securing funds for more stormwater capture in our region
- Investing in water recycling to increase local resilience and reduce pollution
- Educating the public about better alternatives to costly ocean desalination
- Raising awareness about sea level rise, global warming, coastal erosion and other local impacts of climate change
Our staff catalyzed the grassroots campaign for Prop 67, which upheld the statewide ban on harmful single-use plastic bags.
We successfully campaigned against Measure O, squashing a dangerous plan to drill for oil under the Hermosa Beach seafloor.
We spurred change at L.A.’s largest sewage treatment plant after a sickening discharge of syringes, tampons, and condoms closed South Bay beaches for days.
Heal the Bay Aquarium welcomed its 1 millionth guest in 2016, inspiring a new wave of ocean guardians.
We picked up our 2 millionth pound of debris from local beaches in 2016. The most common item? Cigarette butts.
Collaborating with Stanford and UCLA, we launched a forecasting tool to predict when beaches should be closed because of bacterial pollution.
We helped secure passage of Measure W in November 2018, which will capture and reuse billions of gallons of stormwater each year instead of polluting the sea.
Our staff led a grassroots campaign for Straws-On-Request, an ordinance that went into effect in the City of Los Angeles on October 1, 2019.