Did you know?
- 30 billion gallons of stormwater and runoff drains from the Santa Monica Bay Watershed to the ocean per year, impacting humans, marine life, and the water’s chemistry.
- An average restaurant uses 300,000 gallons of water per year, enough water to fill a 25-meter swimming pool
- An average restaurant throws away 150,000 pounds of garbage per year, equivalent to the weight of ten Tyrannosaurus rex
Considering there are nearly 30,000 restaurants, bars, and eateries in the Santa Monica Bay Watershed, cumulative impacts are huge.
When not handled properly, waste generated at food service establishments, like food scraps, fats, oils, grease, and other waste can end up in our stormdrain system. The proper management of these wastes can make a significant difference in the health of Santa Monica Bay.
In 2008, we launched the Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Program (aka Clean Bay Certified) to recognize restaurants that integrate sustainability and ocean-mindedness into their business practices. Our specific mission is to improve water quality by reducing stormwater runoff pollution generated by restaurant activities. We accomplish our goals through rigorous inspections, collaboration with local cities, and direct outreach to the public.
You can find Clean Bay Certified restaurants in Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach.