April 05, 2008
Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup April 26

From the office of Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson:

The 22nd annual Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 26th at eight sites in the Houston area. The all-volunteer is coordinated through the Adopt-A-Beach Program of the Texas General Land Office.

"Join us for a great day at the beach with thousands of other Texans who care enough to show it through their actions," Patterson said.

Volunteers can register at any of the eight check-in sites beginning at 8:30 a.m. on April 26th. Each volunteer will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags. All volunteers are advised to wear closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen and plenty of drinking water.

Texans who are not able to attend the cleanup can help keep their beaches clean by making a tax-deductible donation online at www.texasadoptabeachorg. There are several different Adopt-A-Beach sponsorship levels ranging from $25 to $25,000, allowing both individuals and corporations to contribute to this major cleanup effort.

The all-volunteer event is coordinated through the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Program. Statewide coastal cleanups are held every spring and fall.

Texas beaches receive large amounts of marine debris due to a convergence of currents in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1986, more than 365,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 6,900 tons of trash along the Texas coast. Volunteers record data on the trash to learn more about the causes of marine debris and to help mitigate pollution along Texas' 367 miles of coastline.

Local news media sponsors for the cleanup include the following Houston stations: KHOU-TV (CBS Channel 11), KXLN-TV (Channel 45 Univision), Clear Channel radio stations KTRH-AM, KPRC-AM and KBME-AM and KLOL-FM.

Statewide sponsors for the Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup are National Oilwell Varco, Royal Caribbean, ExxonMobil, Stormwater Solutions, Halliburton and Starbucks. In-kind donations will be provided by Keep Texas Beautiful.

The General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups are held rain or shine!

For a complete listing of cleanup sites for the upcoming Spring Cleanup, to learn how you can participate, or for additional information on the Adopt-A-Beach Program, please visit www.texasadoptabeach.org or contact the GLO at 1-877-TX COAST.

All the information you need is at the link above. It's a worthy cause, so please help if you can.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 05, 2008 to The great state of Texas