Study launched to develop standardized approaches for tracking trash in watersheds

Posted May 4, 2018
A field crew counts and classifies trash particles in the Los Angeles River as part of the Southern California Bight 2013 Regional Monitoring Program. SCCWRP and its partners have kicked off an effort to bring statewide standardization to how trash is tracked in watersheds.

SCCWRP and its partners have kicked off a three-year study to develop standardized statewide approaches for tracking the levels and types of trash found in watersheds.

Researchers’ goal is to identify rigorous but cost-effective trash monitoring methods that can be used across California to assess the long-term effectiveness of various trash management programs, including by the State Water Board.

During the study, which kicked off in April, trash monitoring methods developed by the Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition (SMC) will be compared to those used by the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association and California’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program.

Researchers also will explore how unmanned aerial systems, or drones, might be used to efficiently quantify levels and types of trash in watersheds.


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