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State of Texas
Texas General Land Office
News Release
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

All-volunteer effort celebrates 25 years of caring for the Texas coast

AUSTIN ― The 25th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 30th at 13 sites along the upper 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-Beach Spring Cleanup is a great time for a great cause, and has been since 1986.”

The Adopt-A-Beach Program is one of the most successful all-volunteer efforts in the nation. In the past 25 years, 406,000 Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 7,900 tons of trash from the Texas Gulf Coast. And thanks to a generous $50,000 donation by Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC, Adopt-A-Beach will celebrate its 25th anniversary by reaching out to even more beach lovers.

Volunteers may register on-line for the Spring Cleanup at or at any check-in site beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30th. Each volunteer will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags. All volunteers are advised to wear closed-toe shoes, bring sunscreen and plenty of drinking water.

The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups are held rain or shine!

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. Statewide coastal cleanups are held every spring and fall.

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. Those interested may also become a fan of the program at where event details and results will also be posted.

Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC are the lead sponsors for the 25th Anniversary celebration of Adopt-A-Beach. Other sponsors include HNTB Corporation, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry LLC, Flint Hills Resources Community Action Council, Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, the Newfield Foundation and Keep Texas Beautiful.

Local news media sponsors for the cleanup include the following Houston stations: Cumulus Broadcasting Radio stations KHJK-FM and KFNC-FM, CBS Radio station KLOL-FM, and the Online News Station.

Who: Thousands of Texans who care about the coast
What: 25thGLO Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup
When: Saturday, April 30
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Clean up will be from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: 13 sites along the upper Texas coast 

1. Horsepen Bayou—Harris County
Check-in: Clear Lake High School, 2929 Bay Area Blvd.
Contact: Andrew Schaafs, 832-818-1381

2. Bolivar Peninsula - Galveston
Check-in: Crenshaw Elementary, 416 Highway 87, about 7 miles from the ferry landing
Contact: Denise Parsons, 409-795-1046
Janis Bridgers
Mary Munro

3. Seabrook-Harris County
Check-in: Hwy. 146 north side of Clear Creek under bridge on Seabrook city side
Contact: Rex Ward, 281-910-8774

4. The John M. O’Quinn I-45 Estuarial Corridor & Virginia Point Peninsula Preserve
Galveston County
Check-in: Exit 6 off I-45 at Reitan Point
Contact: Evangeline Whorton, 979-234-2096 or 409-744-7431
409-789-4996 (cell) 

5. Galveston Island—Galveston County
Check-in: Menard Park, 27thStreet & Seawall Boulevard
Contact: Gary Schero, 409-762-3363

6. Surfside—Brazoria County
Check-in: Main beach entrance at Highway 332
Contact: James Glover, Brazoria County Parks Department, 979-864-1541 ext. 3

7. Quintana, Bryan Beach—Brazoria County
Check-in: Quintana Beach County Park, 5thStreet
Contact: Patty Brinkmeyer, 979-233-1461

8. Sargent Beach, Bay City—Matagorda County
Check-in: Sargent Beach entrance
Contact: Lamar Brown, 979-244-6144

9. Matagorda Beach—Matagorda County
Check-in: Matagorda Jetty Park
Contact: Peggy Stanley, 979-863-2920 or 979-216-6016 (cell)

10. Palacios-Matagorda County 
Check-in: Pavilion at South Bay Park at South Bay Boulevard & 5thStreet
Contact: Cynthia Garrett, 979-532-0797 or 979-533-0808 (cell) 

11, Sea Rim State Park
Check-in: Park entrance, 10 miles west of Sabine Pass on Highway 87 South
Tracy Ferguson, 409-971-2559

12. McFaddin Beach—Jefferson County (market site)
Check-in: McFaddin Beach entrance 1.9 miles west of Sea Rim State Park on Hwy. 87
Mark Guzman, 409-896-5555 ext. 135

13. Chambers County
Check-in: 1 mile east of the intersection of Highways 124 and 87 at the beach
Lana Yawn, 409-267-2644, 409-296-8250
or Patti Kahla, 409-267-1370, 409-267-2650,
Angela Hale, 409-267-2647

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