Mission: Founded in 1985, Heal the Bay is making southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay safe, healthy and clean. Through our science, education, community action and advocacy, efforts, Heal the Bay is now one of the largest nonprofit environmental organizations in Los Angeles County with more than 12,000 members and more than 25,000 volunteers.
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County
Programs: Mission educationheal the bay is dedicated to educating the public about making southern california coastal waters and watersheds, including santa monica bay, safe, healthy and clean. Heal the bay receives grants and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government units to offset the expenses of this program.
science and policyheal the bay's unique approach of expert research combined with volunteer action and public education programs has been tremendously successful in working with local and federal government, industry and the public to clean up santa monica bay and southern california coastal waters. There is a clear track record of scientific evidence that the overall health of the bay has improved due to heal the bay's actions. Heal the bay receives grants and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government units to offset the expenses of this program.
santa monica pier aquarium located beach level at the east end of the santa monica pier, the santa monica pier aquarium provides a unique, hands-on way to interact with local marine life in a safe and educational environment. Managed by heal the bay, the aquarium features live exhibits, including a shark tank, eels and tide-pool touch tanks, while promoting the conservation and protection of california coastal habitats. The heal the bay aquarium attracts over 20,000 school children and 60,000 public visitors each year. Heal the bay receives grants and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government units to offset the expenses of this program.
The anonymous “Rosewater” makes some reckless accusations about the management of Heal the Bay in the post above. I’m not sure what Charity Navigator’s process is for vetting baseless claims from a disgruntled ex-employee before publishing them. But, as chairman of its board and a long-serving volunteer, I can personally vouch that Heal the Bay operates in the most ethical and fiscally responsible way possible. Hard-working staff and thousands of passionate volunteers have been the lifeblood of the organization, with many of them working with us for decades. They are appreciated, valued and respected. Our 27-year history of community support and environmental progress speaks for itself.