Beach cleanup on tap in February

Special to the PRESS

beach cleanupTexas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling on volunteers for the 17th Annual Winter Texan Beach Cleanup Friday, Feb. 8, at Edwin Atwood Park on Access Road 5 off Highway 100.

Registration will be held with coffee and donuts available at 8:30 a.m.

The cleanup begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon.

Volunteers will gather afterward to see who found the most unusual item.

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

Each year, Texas’ beaches receive large amounts of marine debris due to a convergence of currents in the Gulf of Mexico.

Since 1986, Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up enough trash to fill a line of dump trucks 90 miles long, 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 (877) TXCOAST or visit the web site at

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