The 25th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24 at three South Texas beaches.
"Any day is a good day to go the beach, but Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups are something special," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. "Come on down for a fun-filled day with about 10,000 other Texans who care about the coast."
Volunteers may register on-line at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org or become a fan of the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach program on Facebook. Texans who can't make it to the beach but still want to support the effort can make a tax-deductible donation at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org. Sponsorship levels range from $25 to $25,000.
The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach program began in the fall of 1986, when 2,800 volunteers picked up 124 tons of trash. Since then, it has grown into one of the most successful all-volunteer efforts in the nation. In 25 years, 413,000 Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 8,000 tons of trash from the Texas Gulf Coast.
The data collected from the beach cleanups played an integral part in the passage of MARPOL Annex V, an international treaty that prohibits the dumping of plastics in the world's oceans. In July of 1991, the International Maritime Organization designated the Gulf of Mexico and the Wider Caribbean as a "special area" where the dumping of trash, with the exception of finely ground food scraps, is prohibited.
Shell Oil Company is the statewide sponsor for the 25th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup. Other sponsors include HNTB Corporation, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry LLC, El Paso Corporation, Halliburton and the Ocean Conservancy.
For more information about how you can get involved, call 1-877-TXCOAST or visit our Web site at www.texasadoptabeach.org.
Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup check-in sites in the Rio Grande Valley include:
South Padre Island Cameron County Parks-Cameron County
Check-in: Andy Bowie Park, Access Road #2, Highway 100
Contact: Monica Vela, 956-761-5494
Clemente Valdez, 956-761-3704, firstname.lastname@example.org
South Padre Island city beaches-Cameron County
Check-in: Town Beach Access Road #3 at Gulf Boulevard and Palm Street
Contact: Rob Nixon, 956-433-1472, email@example.com
Elaine Sanchez, 956-761-4596, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boca Chica-Cameron County
Check-in: End of Highway 4 at the beach
Contact: Lucy Martinez Hilliard, 956-421-2039, email@example.com
Pick a site and call the site coordinator or register online at www.texasadoptabeach.org.
Pre-register large groups with the site coordinator or online on or before Wednesday,
Wear sunscreen, shoes, sunglasses and a hat.
Bring plenty of drinking water.
Check in by 9 a.m.
Do not disturb the habitat of nesting shorebirds.
For your safety, stay off the dunes.
We'll clean rain or shine!