GLO to host Adopt-A-Beach Winter Cleanups Friday in South Padre Island and Saturday in the Coastal Bend

Contact: Brittany Eck
(512) 463-5708
brittany.eck@glo.texas.gov
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MEDIA ADVISORY — Feb 06, 2017

AUSTIN — AUSTIN - Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is calling on volunteers for the 13th Annual Winter Beach Cleanups to be held Friday, Feb. 10th in the Rio Grande Valley on South Padre Island and Saturday, Feb. 11th at seven Coastal Bend beaches.  Registration for all begins at 8:30 a.m. The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water. Adopt-A-Beach will provide all necessary materials. 

The locations participating in the Winter Beach Cleanup are: 

Rio Grande Valley (one location):

Coastal Bend (seven locations):

The Winter Beach Cleanup is one of three all-volunteer seasonal cleanups coordinated through the Adopt-A-Beach program of the Texas General Land Office.  

Most trash found on Texas beaches is left there by litterbugs. Since 1986, Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up 9,300 tons of trash, which is the equivalent to the weight of 62 blue whales, making it one of the most successful volunteer programs in the nation. 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.

The Texas General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach program is funded primarily by private contributions. To help out, or for more information, call the Adopt-A-Beach program at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit our website at TexasAdoptABeach.org. You can follow Adopt-A-Beach on Facebook at Facebook.com/TexasAdoptABeach or on Twitter at Twitter.com/TXAdoptABeach.  

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