Our Impact

For 34 years, we’ve been a strong and trusted advocate for the ocean. But a healthy Bay requires a healthy LA. Envisioning thriving oceans, healthy watersheds and smart water, we’re working toward a greener and bluer Los Angeles County for everyone.

Thriving
Oceans

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

Healthy
Watersheds

Science-based solutions restore rivers, streams and creeks. Here’s how we’re making waves in neighborhoods across LA:

Smart
Water

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:

Our Victories

Bagging the bag

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

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.

Holding Hyperion accountable

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.

Something fishy

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

Getting trashed

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

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.

Replumbing greater LA

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.

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.

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.

How will you heal your Bay?

Take Part