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South Santa Monica Bay Watershed

Nancy Shrodes
Heal the Bay

This watershed borders the Pacific Ocean and includes the Dominguez Channel, as well as the cities of Redondo Beach, Marina Del Rey, Inglewood, Carson, Hawthorne, and unincorporated LA County.

Although the South Santa Monica Bay is only 87 square miles, it contains over one million residents, making it a lively, bustling watershed. Combining dense urban and residential areas with miles of waterfronts, hills, and wetlands, this watershed has multiple natural aquifers and some of the most famous beaches in California. Culturally, the South Santa Monica Bay has a wide variety of neighborhoods, food, music, and art.

I went to grad school for water resource engineering and grew up in the South Bay, so I guess you could say I’ve always dreamed of this role. I co-created a program at Heal the Bay called ‘Know the Flow’ and it’s just awesome to meld my experience and technical expertise to help create new projects. The best analogy to me is that a watershed coordinator is the host of a dinner party, and I’m really trying to be the connector between community groups and public agencies with the Safe, Clean Water Program. I love spending time at the Aquarium at Cabrillo or Abalone Cove.

– Your Watershed Coordinator Nancy

Get in touch with Nancy to learn about how we can create exciting water capture projects in your community. 

From the Community

  • Machado Lake (Tracie Hall)
  • Canada Geese congregating in Alondra Park (Kerry C.)
  • The San Pedro Community Gardens feature over 200 local farmers and encompass over six acres of community land.
  • Seasonal wildflowers on a hike (LA County Public Works)
  • “We all live in a watershed and are all connected in this way in which the water moves through the land. Person to person, person to nature.”

    Nancy Shrodes
  • Entradero Park Basin (City of Torrance)
  • Featured Project

    Wilmington Neighborhood Greening Project, Wilmington

    This project will capture water runoff from a 58-acre area north of the Wilmington Recreation Center and will clean the captured water for onsite reuse to irrigate the park

    • Restoring baseball field and adding new park lights
    • Onsite water capture and reuse for the community
    • Adding batting cages and other new park features

Watershed Area Steering Committee Members

Watershed committee members work with the watershed coordinators to develop investment plans for their watershed.

Craig Cadwallader

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter


Geraldine Trivedi

EWMP: Beach Cities

Vice Chair

Marcela Benavides-Aguilar

LA County Flood Control District


E.J. Caldwell

West Basin


Rob Beste

Water Replenishment District


Dave Pierce

LA County Sanitation Districts


Cathie Santo Domingo

Los Angeles Recreation & Parks


Margie Hoyt



Caroline Orija

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Hany Fangary

Fangary Law Group


Bo Savage

Los Angeles Conservation Corps


Gilbert Marquez

City of Carson


Susie Santilena

City of Los Angeles


Thuan Nguyen

Los Angeles County


James Flannigan

City of Torrance


Carla Dillon

EWMP: Dominguez


Vanessa Hevener

EWMP: Peninsula


Nancy Shrodes

Heal the Bay

Watershed Coordinator
Non-voting Member


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