We can’t wait any longer to make a bold climate action commitment. Here’s how we are urgently reshaping LA’s future to mitigate impacts from climate change:
- Prioritizing nature-based and equitable stormwater capture projects in our region
- Investing in water recycling to increase local resilience and reduce pollution
- Advocating to the public about better alternatives to costly ocean desalination
- Raising awareness about sea level rise, warming, erosion, and other impacts of climate change while pressing local and state regulators to take urgent action
- Encouraging students and youth to learn with standards-based interactive remote learning, field trips, and camps at Heal the Bay Aquarium and school clubs
- Informing about solutions through our Speakers Bureau climate presentations, Suits on the Sand beach cleanups, and Knowledge Drops and Gotitas del Saber webinars
- Supporting a robust restoration in the highly degraded Ballona Wetlands for resiliency to sea-level rise and to make up for the greater loss of wildlife habitat
Science-based solutions and outreach protect public health at LA beaches, piers, and freshwater areas. Here’s how we are making waves in neighborhoods across LA:
- Providing water quality information at 450 California beaches each week and making daily water quality predictions at dozens of sites
- Educating 10,000 pier and shoreline anglers annually about risks of eating contaminated fish through the Fish Contamination Education Collaborative
- 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 local waters should be teeming with diverse wildlife, not inundated with plastic waste and microplastics. Here’s how we are bringing the Bay back to life:
- 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 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.