Rainstorms and runoff can carry pollution from streets and streams to the ocean. Along with chemical pollutants, disease-causing bacteria and viruses, called pathogens, can be found in higher concentrations at beaches just after a storm. Los Angeles County provides regular beach advisories about water quality. When bacteria indicator tests are high, other pathogens may be present; beaches may be temporarily closure due to unsafe conditions such as a sewage spill. Never swim within 100 yards of a flowing storm drain or creek within three days after a rainstorm.
Living Lightly Guide Partners are local organizations working together to protect water quality, habitat, and other related beach issues.
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board establishes water quality objectives and other regulations for protecting our region’s water.
The Bay Foundation works on the nexus between watershed health and the ocean by providing outreach, research, and funding in support of activities to protect and enjoy the Santa Monica Bay.
Los Angeles County Watershed Management Division was established in August 2000 to address the flood risk management, water quality, water conservation, open space, and recreational needs of the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.
City of Malibu is committed to protecting ocean water quality and improving public health by constructing stormwater treatment facilities, providing free workshops, and implementing its environmental programs.
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project is a research institute focusing on the coastal ecosystems of Southern California.
West Los Angeles/Malibu Chapter of the national Surfrider Foundation provides information on protecting water quality, watershed science, surf reports, and local events.
Heal the Bay uses science, education, community action, and advocacy to make California’s coastal waters, particularly Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean.
Los Angeles Waterkeeper works to achieve its goal through litigation and regulatory programs that ensure water quality protections in waterways throughout the county.