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2014

143 tons of trash removed from Texas beaches Saturday

September 30, 2014
(AUSTIN)— A total of 9,318 volunteers picked up more than 143 tons of trash off Texas Beaches Saturday, making the 28th annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup — the biggest beach cleanup in the nation — a smashing success.  “This cleanup makes me proud to be a Texan,&#8...more


Texas’ biggest beach cleanup Saturday, Sept. 27

August 25, 2014
(AUSTIN)—As many as 10,000 Texans are expected to hit the beach Saturday, Sept. 27 for the biggest beach cleanup in the Lone Star State, the Texas General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup.  The all-volunteer cleanup will take place 30 of the state’s most popular tourist ...more


Take action before the storm to secure your coastal property

June 10, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Hurricane forecasters predict a slow storm season this summer, but Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is urging coastal homeowners to take the time now and get prepared for the next big one.  “Anyone who lives on the Texas coast knows it’s not if, but when the next...more


Coastal Management Program grant workshops

May 08, 2014
(AUSTIN)— Up to $1.8 million in coastal grants are available and staff members from the General Land Office are touring the Texas coast explaining how to apply.  Find out how to get a local project funded by attending one of five grant workshops. The meetings will be May 14 in Port Isabel, May 20 i...more


121 tons of trash removed from Texas beaches Saturday

April 30, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas) )—A total of 7,334 volunteers hauled more than 121 tons of trash off Texas beaches Saturday for the 28th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup.    “That’s more than 22,002 hours of labor — all volunteer — working to kee...more


Oil spill response crews in Matagorda ahead of potential impact

March 26, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Manpower and equipment are already in place to protect Matagorda Bay from any oil spilled by a barge at Texas City, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Wednesday.  As a sheen of oil drifted south along the Texas coast Wednesday, protective boom and other types of equipment were pr...more


Texas taxpayers won’t foot the bill for Texas City Dike cleanup

March 25, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced the aggressive response to clean up the oil spill off the Texas City Dike won’t affect the state’s $20 million fund to clean up oil spills. The party ultimately found responsible for the spill will pay all the bills. That $...more


2013

Cash for Trash at the National Seashore

November 04, 2013
(CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS)—The Adopt-A-Beach Expedition — a first-ever, competitive beach cleanup — drew contestants from as far as Alaska to the National Seashore Saturday in a race to see who could collect the most trash for valuable prizes.  Teams of four people each paid $80 for the chance to...more


Patterson: Seashore land sale on hold

October 19, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Negotiations to sell 3,680 acres of Permanent School Fund land north of Padre Island National Seashore will be put on hold until public concerns about future access can be addressed by officials with the National Parks Service, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said today.  &#822...more


Patterson: Wind keeps Texas an economic powerhouse

August 27, 2013
(HOUSTON)—Low-priced and plentiful natural gas may have taken a starring role in the Texas renewable energy market. But wind power still has its best chance to flourish in Texas. According to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Texas churns out the most wind power of any U.S. state, with 40 wind generat...more


10,000 volunteers to descend on Texas shoreline

August 09, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Every year, beachgoers leave tons of trash on Texas beaches. And even more washes up from the Gulf of Mexico. That’s why Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is issuing the call for an army of volunteers of all ages to help keep our beaches naturally pristine and safe for all to enjoy ...more


Texas schoolchildren reel in easy money

July 16, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Two serious fishermen today won exclusive rights to a couple of the hottest fishing spots along the Texas coast, earning the school children of Texas an easy $68,651 in the process.  The School Land Board voted to accept the top two bids for two General Land Office fishing cabin sites alon...more


Take steps now to not be a victim this storm season

June 13, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today urged coastal home owners to take responsibility for their property and prepare for the next storm.  “Texans who own property on the coast need to take steps now to prepare for the inevitable,” Patterson said. "A little prep...more


87 tons of trash removed from Texas beaches Saturday

April 24, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Volunteers removed more than 87 tons of trash from Texas beaches Saturday during the 27th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup. Despite a frigid north wind, nearly 6,000 Texans spent the morning combing 28 popular beaches along the coast to bring in this potentially deadly ...more


Patterson promotes Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup with shocking PSA

March 26, 2013
(AUSTIN)—The annual Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup is Saturday, April 20 and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is getting the word out with a creative -- and revolting -- new public service announcement.  "Fresh from the sea, enjoy these special dishes prepared just for you, like used cigarette...more


Winter Texans clean 2.7 tons of trash off South Padre beaches

February 13, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans from as far away as Canada showed up Friday to clean 5,400 pounds of trash - more than 2.7 tons - off South Padre Island beaches at the Texas General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Cleanup.  A total of 135 volunteers from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin joined ...more


Saturday’s Adopt-A-Beach Winter Beach Cleanup was biggest ever

February 12, 2013
(AUSTIN)—A record number of volunteers showed up at Saturday's Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Cleanup, taking seven tons of trash with them.  A total of 468 volunteers cleaned 25 miles of Gulf Coast beaches from Rockport to the Padre Island National Seashore. Adopt-A-Beach coordinat...more


Texas Coastal Management Program awards $1.75 million in grants

January 28, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced $1,740,000 in coastal grants awarded through the Texas Coastal Management Program will go to 21 projects.  "These grants are targeted to restore vital wildlife habitat, advance our knowledge of the Texas coast and help fund local effo...more


Effort to open up Cedar Bayou gets $200,000 boost

January 18, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced a $200,000 grant to help re-open Cedar Bayou, a natural pass between the Gulf of Mexico and the Aransas Bay complex.  "This is good news for the whooping cranes, as well as everything else that depends on a healthy bay system," Patter...more


2012

Adopt-A-Beach volunteers cleanup 153 tons of trash

September 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)— More than 9,316 volunteers pitched in Saturday for the 26th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup. The volunteers removed 153 tons of trash from 29 sites along 186 miles of Texas coast.  "The turnout this year was amazing," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterso...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers win national award

September 11, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach program does more than any other volunteer program in the nation to take care of public lands, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Adopt-A-Beach will be recognized with the Take Pride in America Award for top corporate-sponsored event Oct. 11 ...more


Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Sept. 22

August 27, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is urging all Texans to take advantage of their right to access the public beach Saturday, Sept. 22 for the 26th Annual Texas General Land Office Fall Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup. The cleanup will take place at 29 sites along the Texas coast. "A right not exercise...more


Texas Coastal Expo returns to Moody Gardens

May 15, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Celebrate World Oceans Day when the Texas Coastal Expo returns to Galveston's Moody Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9. This free and family-friendly celebration of the Texas Coast - brought to you by the Texas General Land Office - is the biggest coastal expo in Texas. "Bring the kids...more


More than 7,300 volunteers haul 137 tons of trash off Texas beaches

May 01, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas beaches may just be getting cleaner, according to reports from Adopt-A-Beach coordinators across the coast.   The 26th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup drew 7,369 volunteers to the Texas coast Saturday. But the good weather and the strong turnout...more


Bryce Seifert wins Trash Travels High School PSA contest

April 30, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Dripping Springs High School junior Bryce Seifert's slapstick approach to delivering the message "trash travels" earned him top honors in the Trash Travels High School PSA contest.  "Bryce's video is funny, but still effectively delivers a serious message that litter in Central Texas can w...more


Artwork wins Dallas fifth-grader Caribbean cruise

April 17, 2012
(AUSTIN)—A sea turtle curiously approaches as mysterious hands pull a soda can and a six-pack ring from the surf. Colorful fish circle a tableau of trash left by beachgoers as a horseshoe crab scoots past, oblivious. Look closer and words appear on bracelets adorning the disembodied wrists, and the message ...more


Supreme Court kills Texas tradition of open beaches on West Galveston

April 04, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas tradition of guaranteed public access to the beach died today for Galveston's West End with the Supreme Court reaffirming its prior ruling in favor of a California divorce attorney who bought rental properties on the beach.   "It seems that the Open Beaches Act - at leas...more


Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup set for April 28

March 29, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Thousands of volunteers across the state are making plans now to take part in the Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup Saturday, April 28.    Texas - home to the nation's first all-volunteer beach cleanup in 1986 - boasts one of the biggest all-volunteer beach cleanups in the wor...more


High school students compete to create anti-litter PSA

February 16, 2012
(AUSTIN)—A 30-second video depicting how litter can make its way to the Texas coast might just be the big break for some Central Texas high school film maker.  Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries to the Trash Travels High School PSA contest. All entries must be exactly 30...more


Adopt-A-Beach cleanup nets more than three tons of trash

February 13, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Cigarette butts, beer cans, dirty diapers and more - volunteers at Saturday's Winter Beach Cleanup picked up more than three tons of trash from Coastal Bend beaches.   A total of 261 volunteers focused their efforts on Corpus Christi Beach at the Texas State Aquarium, Port Aransas beaches ...more


Winter Texans join forces for Adopt-A-Beach cleanup

February 13, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans from all over the United States and Canada pitched in Saturday to haul 6,875 pounds of trash - more than 3.4 tons - from South Padre Island's Edwin Atwood Park.  A total of 63 volunteers checked in for the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Cleanup, removing...more


Coastal Bend beach lovers take out the trash

January 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texans who love Coastal Bend beaches but hate the beer cans, diapers and cigarette butts that too often adorn them will join forces at four locations Saturday, Feb. 11 for the Adopt-A-Beach Winter Cleanup.    "Trash on Texas beaches is a growing problem," said Texas Land Commissio...more


Winter Texans take on trash, need your help

January 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans who love Texas beaches but hate seeing them trashed will join forces Friday, Feb. 10 at Edwin Atwood Park for the Adopt-A-Beach South Padre Island Winter Texan Cleanup.   "Winter Texans come to South Padre Island because they love our beaches, not our trash," said Texas Land ...more


2011

Adopt-A-Beach Marine Debris Summit targets trash on beaches

December 15, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Diapers, beer cans and cigarette butts - trash on Texas beaches is a growing problem.  Be part of the solution by attending the first-ever Adopt-A-Beach Marine Debris Summit from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 13 at Moody Gardens Convention Center on Galveston Island. The conference ...more


Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest opens

December 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries in the 16th annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest.  The deadline to submit artwork is Monday, March 5.  "The goal of this art contest is to drive home the message that trashing Texa...more


Post-Rollover pier plan presented for public comment

December 09, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today released his proposed plan to build a pier on Bolivar Peninsula for public comment as the closure of Rollover Pass nears.  The Texas Legislature authorized $5.85 million in 2009 to close the popular fishing pass following Hurricane Ike's devast...more


Land Office helps turn Eagle Otome spill into better parks for Port Arthur

October 27, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Port Arthur parks will soon get upgrades worth more than $313,000 as part of a settlement the General Land Office has reached over the Eagle Otome spill, which put nearly 397,000 gallons of crude oil into the Port Arthur Ship Channel.   Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson anno...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers find the coast is pretty clear

September 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)—More volunteers picked up less trash at the 25th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Saturday, prompting speculation that - after 25 years - Texans are starting to get the message.  "Despite an amazing turnout, we picked up 20-percent less trash than last fall," sai...more


25th annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Sept. 24

August 15, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 25th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 29 sites along the Texas coast.  Adopt-A-Beach volunteers can register at any of 28 check-in sites all along the Texas coast between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sept. 24. Volunteers must pre-regist...more


Oil spill prevention efforts in Texas lauded by EPA

August 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A state and local effort that's kept boaters from pumping more than 1.3 million gallons of oily bilge water into Texas coastal waters earned national recognition this week.  The General Land Office's Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program and the Matagorda County Navigation District No....more


General Land Office expands disaster recovery role

July 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Hurricane disaster recovery in Texas will be put on the fast track as the Texas General Land Office expands its rebuilding role following Dolly and Ike.  The Land Office is now the lead state agency managing disaster recovery grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developm...more


Texas Coastal Expo comes to Moody Gardens

June 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Coastal Expo is coming to Galveston's Moody Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18. This free and family-friendly celebration of the Texas Coast - brought to you by the Texas General Land Office - is the biggest coastal expo in Texas.  "Bring the kids, we'll have touch ...more


More than 7,000 volunteers haul 123 tons of trash off Texas beaches

May 03, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 25th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup drew more than 7,000 volunteers to the Texas coast Saturday.  "No one can top our Adopt-A-Beach volunteers," said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the General Land Office. "In one day, they swarmed over 150 miles of bea...more


Patterson defends open beaches Tuesday

April 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A California attorney's assault on the Texas Open Beaches Act will face a stiff defense Tuesday from Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.  In a rare rehearing, the Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against the Texas tradition of public beach access at 9 a.m. Following the...more


Gabrielle Wenske, of Victoria, takes top honors at Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest

Gabrielle Wenske, of Victoria, takes top honors at Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest

April 12, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Victoria 11-year-old Gabrielle Wenske's image of a surf shack on a Texas beach won grand prize in the General Land Office's 2011 Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest.  "The colors in Gabrielle's art really jumped out, and the message ‘Trashing Texas Beaches Isn't C...more


Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup set for April 30

March 28, 2011
(AUSTIN)—  The 25th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 30th at 30 sites along the Texas coast.  "Bring the family and let's go clean the beach," said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. "The Adopt-A-Beac...more


Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to be dedicated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22

March 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute are proud to announce the grand opening of the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.  The dedication ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the University of Texas...more


Surfside Beach is back, just in time for Spring Break

March 14, 2011
(SURFSIDE, Texas)—Spring Break revelers hit the new-and-improved Surfside Beach Monday, where the General Land Office just finished work on a $4.7 million effort to restore this iconic Texas surf spot to its former glory.  Surfside Mayor Larry Davidson and Larry Laine, chief clerk at the General Land Office...more


Surfside Beach restored to former glory

March 11, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Just in time for Spring Break, work to restore Surfside Beach to its former glory is complete.  A rededication of this iconic Texas surf spot will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14 on Surfside Beach, near the intersection of Texas Street and Beach Drive. Larry Laine, former Surfside resi...more


Texas Open Beaches Act gets second chance

March 11, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today welcomed news that the Supreme Court will rehear arguments in a case brought forward by a California resident that some say has gutted the Texas Open Beaches Act.  "This is nothing less than a second chance for the Texas Open Beaches Act," Patt...more


Texas City pipeline leak contained, Moses Lake protected

February 24, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A pipeline leak near Texas City's Bayou Pierre is contained, and local, state and federal authorities are overseeing the cleanup of an unknown amount of gasoline.  At 3:30 a.m. today Magellan Pipeline reported that an 18-inch gasoline pipeline near State Highway 146 and Loop 197 in Texas C...more


Adopt-A-Beach Celebrates 25th Anniversary

February 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Ronald Reagan was president, Top Gun was the top draw at the box office and 2,800 Texans volunteered for the inaugural General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup in 1986.  Since then, the General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach Program has grown into one of the most successful all-volunteer eff...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers pickup more than 5.7 tons of trash

February 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Volunteers at Saturday's Winter Beach Cleanup picked up more than 5.7 tons of trash from Coastal Bend beaches.  Volunteers focused their efforts on Corpus Christi Beach at the Texas State Aquarium, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Bayside and the Padre Island National Seashore. &#1...more


Winter Texans brave cold for Adopt-A-Beach cleanup

February 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Winter Texans who can't stand to see trash on Texas beaches did more than just complain Friday - 36 volunteers removed more than 1,650 pounds of the stuff from Edwin Atwood Park.   The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Cleanup drew volunteers from...more


Patterson announces $1.7 million in grants for Texas coast

February 07, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, today announced grants for 16 projects worth $1.7 million to protect and preserve the Texas coast.  "These projects will get a lot of bang for the buck, restoring vital marshlands, improving public access to the beach and even...more


Seventh annual Coastal Bend Winter Beach Clean up Feb. 12

Seventh annual Coastal Bend Winter Beach Clean up Feb. 12

January 19, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Seventh Annual Coastal Bend Winter Beach Cleanup will be held Saturday, February 12 announced Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. The cleanups will take place at five locations along the Coastal Bend shoreline. "The volunteers who help out with the Adopt-A-Beach Wint...more


Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Clean up Feb. 11

Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Clean up Feb. 11

January 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Winter Texan Beach Cleanup will be Friday, Feb. 11 at Edwin Atwood Park, announced Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. The cleanup begins with volunteer registration at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until noon.  "Winter Texans h...more


2010

Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast art contest opens

December 13, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, is calling on Texas students to participate in the 15th annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest.  The deadline to submit artwork is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  "Trashing Texas Beaches i...more


West Galveston Island beach project is cancelled

November 15, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Work on a vital West Galveston Island beach renourishment project (CEPRA 1391) has stopped and the project is cancelled, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today.  The $40 million effort to restore and nourish six miles of beach - from the west end of the Galveston Seawall t...more


Adopt-A-Beach volunteers cleanup 172.7 tons of trash

September 27, 2010
(AUSTIN)—More than 8,815 volunteers joined forces Saturday for the 24th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup. The volunteers removed nearly 172.7 tons of trash off more than 167 miles of Texas coast.  "The turnout this year was great," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patte...more


24th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup Sept. 25

August 26, 2010
(AUSTIN)—The 24th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at 28 sites along the Texas coast.  "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...more