Trash Monitoring Workgroup

California Water Quality Monitoring Council

About the Workgroup

The Trash Monitoring Workgroup is an authorized workgroup associated with the California Water Quality Monitoring Council. The Trash Monitoring Workgroup seeks to coordinate efforts across agencies to advance knowledge of trash-related information.

Membership in the workgroup and its subcommittees is open to all.


The mission of the California Trash Monitoring Workgroup (Trash Workgroup) is to support current practices and advances in trash monitoring and the development of data analysis and visualization tools aimed at assessing the effectiveness of policies and practices for limiting the amounts of trash in the environment. This mission will be fulfilled by providing a forum for discussion, coordination and technical exchanges by a variety of organizations, including government agencies, academic institutions and non-governmental agencies. The Trash Workgroup will review current policies and practices for reducing trash and the use of monitoring data to improve the knowledge needed to accomplish the goals of this group and to inform policy makers and those affected.

Draft Charter


Learn More!

Discover more information about the Trash Monitoring Workgroup, attend our meetings, and sign up to the membership list at the official site:

2020 Trash Events

The State Water Board’s Office of Information Management and Analysis plans to host the following events in 2020, which will focus on addressing some of the questions above. Mark your calendars for the following events:

  • June 28-29, 2020, Sacramento

  • Oct – Nov 2020, Specific date(s) and Location TBD

More details on specific topics and event logistics coming soon!

If you are interested in hosting, collaborating with the State Water Boards, or participating in an event that will tackle some of these questions, please let us know by filling out our Trash Stakeholder Questions Survey!

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