Trash Assessment Study

Project Summary

The City of Durham is developing a procedure to evaluate trash buildup in our local watersheds. Once we have a procedure in place, we'll be able to identify problem areas and efficiently target our resources and outreach efforts. Trash buildup can negatively impact our water quality as well as present public health hazards. Trash in our streams can also lead to an increase in microplastics which can be found in drinking water supplies and are commonly ingested by fish species.

DISCLAIMER: This study is currently ongoing. Parts of this study are subject to change. Return to this page for the most up-to-date information on this particular study, and look through past Water Quality studies in the sidebar.

Project Manager  

Joseph Smith

919-560-4326 ext. 30217

An infographic explaining the detrimental effects of plastic in our waterways.

Relevant Documents & Links

"A River of Plastics" by Barbara Doll, Jack Kurki-Fox, and Gloria Putnam

River of Plastics Fact Sheet

Trash Assessment Pilot Study Plan_2022

Status: Data analysis


  • Field Work, October 2023
  • Site Selection & Preliminary Study Design. 2022
  • Study Plan, September 2023