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04/02/08 - Austin

Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup Set For April 26th

The 22nd annual Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 26th at 26 sites along the Texas coast.  The all-volunteer event 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 26 check-in sites between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on April 26th. Volunteers must pre-register for the St. Jo Island location in advance, as reservations are required due to limited access. Volunteers for St. Jo Island will check in on April 26th at 8 a.m. at Fisherman's Wharf, 900 Tarpon St., in Port Aransas.

Texans who are not able to attend the cleanup can help keep their beaches clean by making a tax-deductible donation online at 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.

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. 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.

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 or contact the GLO at 1-877-TX COAST.

Who:               Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office

What:             GLO Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup

When:             Saturday, April 26, 2008

                                                Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Clean up will be from 9 a.m. to noon

Where:                  26 sites along the Texas coast        

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