The Program actively works to understand the sources, extent and effects of urban runoff pollution; and develops and implements methods for pollution reduction and control. Since 2002, the Program has prioritized the evaluation, management and reduction of trash as a pollutant associated with urban runoff.
To address trash problem areas that occur in or near urban streams and waterways of the Santa Clara Basin, the Program’s Trash AHTG developed a Work Plan in FY 2003-2004. During the past several years, the Program has assisted Co-pemittees in completing tasks defined in the Work Plan, including
- Documentation of existing trash management practices implemented by municipalities and agencies within the Program’s jurisdiction;
- Identification and mapping of high priority trash problem areas and sources of trash in Santa Clara Basin watersheds; and,
- Developing a strategy to conduct trash evaluations in or near creeks.
Building on the existing Trash Work Plan, the Program developed a Draft Trash Management and Effectiveness Assessment Strategy (Trash Strategy) in October 2006 that incorporates the previously completed tasks into three areas of focus:
Trash Problem Area and Source Identification – This task is intended to assist Co-permittees in identifying trash problem areas and sources which will allow the effective implementation of trash control measures;
Pilot Testing and Implementing Trash Control Measures – This task involves the selection and implementation of appropriate control measures at high priority source areas. This includes developing a better understanding of potential trash control measures, and the process of implementing structural treatment controls as part of a trash pilot demonstration project; and
Water Body and BMP Effectiveness Assessments – This task is intended to assess the condition of urban creeks (with respect to trash) and evaluate control measure effectiveness over time.