We can’t wait any longer to take bold climate action locally and globally. Here’s how we are urgently demanding systemic change and advocating for multi-benefit solutions that build toward an equitable and resilient future:  


We protect people’s health through science-based education, outreach, and policies on contaminated water and fish at beach, pier, offshore, and freshwater areas in Greater Los Angeles. Here’s how we are making waves

  • Providing water quality information at 450 California beaches each week and making daily water quality predictions at dozens of sites  
  • Mobilizing local communities and visitors to become advocates for safe access to local waterways 
  • Monitoring water quality and notifying the public of good and poor conditions at popular freshwater recreation areas in the LA River, Malibu Creek and San Gabriel River watersheds 
  • Watchdogging stormwater runoff, pushing for increased enforcement, and advocating for projects to improve water quality at beaches, rivers, and wetlands
  • Inspiring 100,000 visitors annually at Heal the Bay Aquarium to take action in defense of human and marine health


Our ocean and watersheds should be teeming with diverse wildlife, not inundated with plastic waste and microplastics. Here’s how we are eliminating single-use plastic and defending the vibrancy of our communities:

  • Campaigning for tough legislation that keeps harmful plastic pollution out of the Pacific Ocean
  • Hosting two or three cleanups a day in LA, on average, and engaging local and global businesses, families, groups, and individuals to make an impact 
  • Recording more than four million pieces of trash and debris removed from the natural environment by Heal the Bay volunteers to inform public policy, business practices, and organizational sustainability goals
  • Educating thousands of students in LA County (70% of students are from Title 1 schools) about how to minimize plastic use in the household
  • Engaging local businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals and helping them opt for reusables with a strong coalition of partners 
  • Advocating for the end of fossil fuel extraction offshore and in our communities, and pushing for a just transition to a healthier environment for all

Our Victories

Keeping Big Oil out of the Bay

We successfully campaigned against Measure O, squashing a dangerous plan to drill for oil under the Hermosa Beach seafloor in 2015.

Holding Hyperion accountable

We spurred change at LA's largest sewage treatment plant after a sickening discharge of syringes, tampons, and condoms closed South Bay beaches for days in 2015.

Catching waves, not bugs

Collaborating with Stanford and UCLA, we launched a forecasting tool to predict when beaches should be closed because of bacterial pollution in 2015.

Bagging the bag

Our team catalyzed the grassroots campaign for Prop 67, which upheld the statewide ban on harmful single-use plastic bags in 2016.

Getting trashed

We picked up our 2 millionth pound of debris from local beaches in 2016. The most common item? Cigarette butts.

Something fishy

Heal the Bay Aquarium welcomed its 1 millionth guest in 2016, inspiring a new wave of ocean guardians.

Replumbing LA

We helped secure passage of Measure W in November 2018, which sets funding aside to capture and reuse billions of gallons of stormwater each year instead of polluting the sea.

Straws on request

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.

Bring back Ballona

Planning to restore Ballona Wetlands and open them to the public has been underway for 17 years. In a big step forward, the plan was certified in December 2020.

Better foodware

LA Board of Supervisors declared a ban on single-use plastic foodware and expanded polystyrene products for LA County's unincorporated areas in April 2022, thanks to Reusable LA coalition advocacy.

Take Part

We all have a role to play in protecting Santa Monica Bay – whether it’s donating money, volunteering time, speaking up, or educating others.

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