Aug 26, 2013 1:22 PM
Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup set for Coastal Bend on Sept. 28
AUSTIN - Every year, beachgoers leave tons of trash on Texas beaches, including the Coastal Bend area. Even more washes up from the Gulf of Mexico.
That's why Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is issuing a call for an army of volunteers of all ages to help keep our beaches pristine and safe for all to enjoy at the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup. The cleanup will take place at 11 sites in the Coastal Bend area.
"We're looking for a few good Texans to help keep our beaches litter-free," Patterson said. "Join us on Sept. 28, for an enjoyable, memorable event to clean up our coast."
Volunteers may register at check-in sites between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (St. Jo Island volunteers must register in advance.) Most sites will provide cold drinks, hot food and fun activities immediately following the cleanup.
Now in its 27th year, 446,000 Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up 17 million pounds of litter from the Gulf Coast. To participate, register at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and sunscreen. They will be provided with data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags.
Those who can't make it on Sept. 28 will have a second opportunity this fall. A competitive, four-wheel drive excursion, cleanup and treasure hunt, the Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Expedition, is set for Nov. 2 at Padre Island National Seashore. Year-round, anyone may donate to Adopt-A-Beach online. Sponsorship levels range from $25 to $25,000, tax-deductible. More details are at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org.
The cleanup does more than simply remove litter from the beach. Data collected from previous Adopt-A-Beach cleanups played an important role in the passage of an international treaty (MARPOL Annex V) restricting the dumping of plastics in the world's oceans. In 1991, the International Maritime Organization prohibited the dumping of trash, except for finely grounded food scraps, into the Gulf of Mexico.
Shell Oil Company is the lead sponsor for the 27th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup - one of the most successful all-volunteer efforts in the nation. Other sponsors include HNTB, Apache Corporation, Cameron International Corporation, Cheniere Energy, Flint Hills Resources, Halliburton, Schlumberger, and the Ocean Conservancy.
Local media sponsors for the cleanup include the following Corpus Christi and Coastal Bend-area outlets: KRIS-TV (NBC 6), KZTV-TV (CBS 10), The CW South Texas, KORO-TV (Univision 28), KCRP-TV (UniMás 41), and Malkan Interactive Communications (KZFM-FM, KKBA-FM, KEYS-AM).
For more information call (877)TXCOAST, visit www.TexasAdoptABeach.org, or "like" the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Program on Facebook.
Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup check-in sites in the Coastal Bend are:
Rockport - Aransas County
Check-in: Rockport Beach Park beachfront pavilion
Contact: Kerry Goodall
Aransas Pass/Redfish Bay - Nueces County
Check-in: Lighthouse Lakes Park, 4 miles east of Aransas Pass on Hwy. 361
Contact: Richard Gonzales
Portland - San Patricio County
Check-in: Sunset Lake Park, 201 Sunset Drive, adjacent to Hwy. 181
Contact: Aneita Ortiz-Cedano
St. Jo Island/Port Aransas - Nueces County*
Check-in: 8 a.m. - Fisherman's Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.
Contact: Deno Fabrie
* Limited access - advance reservations required
Port Aransas - Nueces County
Check-in: Avenue G at the beach
Contact: Deno Fabrie
Mustang Island State Park, Corpus Christi - Nueces County
Check-in: Park Headquarters Parking Lot, 17047 State Hwy. 361
Contact: Clarissa Flores
Corpus Christi Beach - Nueces County
Check-in: Texas State Aquarium, 2710 North Shoreline Blvd.
Contact: Rosanna Gossett
Cole Park (Kid's Place), Corpus Christi - Nueces County
Check-in: 1526 Ocean Drive
Contact: Angela Gonzalez
North Padre Island, Corpus Christi - Kleberg County
Check-in: Padre Balli Park Office, 15820 Park Road 22
Contact: Jim Needham-Surfrider Foundation
Padre Island National Seashore - Kleberg County
Check-in: Malaquite Visitor Center, 20420 Park Road 22
Contact: William "Buzz" Botts
Baffin Bay, Loyola Beach, Riviera - Kleberg County
Check-in: Kaufer-Hubert Park, FM 628
Contact: Susan Ivy
• Pick a site and contact the site coordinator or register online at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org.
• Pre-register large groups with the site coordinator or online.
• 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!
WHO: An estimated 10,000 Texans who care about their beach
WHAT: 27th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup
WHERE: 11 sites in the Coastal Bend area (full list at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org)
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
WHY: To keep Texas beaches clean and healthy