Trash Monitoring Workgroup

Data Standardization, Management, and Coordination

About the Subcommittee


  • Support agency programs that monitor for trash and provide public data by removing data sharing barriers
  • Develop and share a trash taxonomy
  • Identify a trash data conversion system to facilitate trash load calculation across protocols
  • Respond to other subcommittee data needs

Identified Barriers:

  • Lack of time, outreach limitations

Next Steps:

  • Complete the vetting of the trash taxonomy
  • Complete the vetting of the trash density calculator
  • Present tools to interested workgroups

Subcommittee Leads

Data Standardization, Management, and Coordination Subcommittee

Win Cowger:

Tony Hale:

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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