Trash Monitoring Workgroup

Citizen Science Subcommittee

About the Subcommittee


  • Evaluate the use of citizen science (CS) monitoring data for evaluating the impact of the trash amendments on trash in waterways.

  • Share information regarding monitoring groups / initiatives

  • Identify or develop CS protocol

  • Promote and enhance data collection and communication among CS groups in California

Identified Barriers:

  • Outreach limitations, tools’ inability to meet all needs

Next Steps:

  • Develop guidance on feasibility on integrating citizen science data into compliance monitoring

  • Establish set of tools to provide uniformity and rigor

  • Coordinate and communicate among CS groups

Subcommittee Leads

Citizen Science Subcommittee

Aaron Haiman:

Sherry Lippiatt:

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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