The Texas General Land Office has been sending this message across the state for twenty-eight years, and Texans have responded. Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 481,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 9,100 tons of trash from Texas beaches, some of it originating from as far away as South America.
Due to tide patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, trash dumped anywhere in the gulf is likely to end up on a Texas beach. Volunteers record information such as the source and type of debris collected on data cards. This data has been instrumental in the passage of international treaties and laws aimed at reducing the amount of offshore dumping.
Keeping Texas beaches clean and safe is an economic as well as environmental priority. Coastal tourism, a $7 billion industry, and commercial fishing, a $1.9 billion business, demand clean beaches and a healthy gulf to thrive.
TheTexas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON)is a State-of-the-Art water level monitoring network operating 24 hours a day seven days a week. TCOON currently consists of 31 active stations along the Texas coast, from Sabine Pass to Port Isabel, measuring many different environmental and physical parameters such as water levels, wind speed and direction, water and air temperature, and atmospheric pressure. A select few TCOON stations collect and report salinity levels.
TCOON is managed through cooperative agreements between the Texas General Land Office, the Texas Water Development Board, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The network is operated and maintained by the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.