In the financial world, it is said that cash is trash. For municipalities, trash amounts to a whole lot of cash: cash spent cleaning up the state’s waterways, that is.

California cities are paying more than previously thought on efforts to keep the Golden State’s beaches, rivers, lakes, and creeks debris-free. The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released a report entitled “Waste in Our Waterways: Unveiling the Hidden Costs to Californians of Litter Clean-Up.” An overview of the report can be found below.

Water Report

For the whole scoop on local agencies and their efforts to clean up California’s waterways, read the full report here.

And for a more in-depth overview, check out YubaNet‘s synopsis here.