In the beginning, Heal the Bay consisted of only a handful of volunteers and no paid staff. Today there's a volunteer membership of more than 25,000 and 40 Heal the Bay employees. While still integrally involved in pressuring government for water quality improvements, Heal the Bay has expanded its focus to include numerous educational programs and research efforts.
Some of Heal the Bay's accomplishments include the Beach Report CardTM, which includes an analysis of water quality and public health risks at 494 beaches from Oregon to Mexico each week. Heal the Bay also coordinates Los Angeles County Coastal Cleanup Day sites, annually picking up tens of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables - keeping trash from entering waterways and injuring people and marine life. Since 2003, Heal the Bay has managed the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which provides visitors with a hands-on opportunity to interact with marine life. And programs like the Heal the Bay Speakers Bureau and the multi-aquaria, elementary school program "Key to the Sea" help educate Californians about the difference one person can make in protecting the environment.
In the past 23 years, Heal the Bay has made substantial progress in protecting California's aquatic habitats, but there is still a lot of work to be done. That is why Heal the Bay continues to strive to make California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life by continually improving its educational programs, advocating for protective legislative measures and encouraging people to take an active role in environmental protection.
Mission: Heal the Bay is a nonprofit, environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including the Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean.
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