As part of the General Land Office’s (GLO) Adopt-A-Beach program Surfrider Foundation Central Texas Chapter is a Beach Guardian, coordinating cleanups three times a year on our adopted mile of beach at Horace Caldwell Pier. For complete information on these cleanup dates and locations view our events page or click the link on the front page!
To help out at a clean up, all you have to do is show up. For all beach clean ups, please wear comfortable clothes, closed toed shoes and sunscreen. Bring gardening or work gloves if you have them. If not, we would be happy to provide you with latex gloves if needed. We also provide the bags, hand sanitizer and other essentials for cleaning up trash. Please feel free to bring your own reusable bag or bucket and gloves to help minimize our plastic footprint.
More information about the program from the Texas Adopt-A-Beach Home Page:
The Texas General Land Office has been sending this message across the state for twenty-five years, and Texans have responded. Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 422,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 8,100 tons of trash from Texas beaches, some of it originating from as far away as South America.
Due to tide patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, trash dumped anywhere in the gulf is likely to end up on a Texas beach. Volunteers record information such as the source and type of debris collected on data cards provided by Ocean Conservancy. This data has been instrumental in the passage of international treaties and laws aimed at reducing the amount of offshore dumping.
Keeping Texas beaches clean and safe is an economic as well as environmental priority. Coastal tourism, a $7 billion industry, and commercial fishing, a $1.9 billion business, demand clean beaches and a healthy gulf to thrive.
The program strives to:
- raise public awareness;
- educate citizens about the source of debris; and
- generate public support for state, national and international action to clean up coastal waters.
The Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program, an all-volunteer effort, is dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas beaches. The program’s success is due to the generous efforts of dedicated volunteer county coordinators, coastal community leaders, sponsors and citizens. Strong support from the private sector helps carry our message to Texans all across the state.