TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE (GLO)
ADOPT – A – BEACH SPRING CLEANUP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Clean Galveston is an all volunteer organization that manages the Adopt-A-Beach cleanup for the GLO. Volunteers can sign up online at http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/volunteer/cleanups/index.html . You may also come to Menard Park at 8:45 on the day of the event to register and pick up supplies. The cleanup is from 9am until noon. Volunteers will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags. We typically have patches and stickers for fun too. All volunteers are advised to dress comfortably, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring sunscreen, hats and bug repellant. Drinking water and a small snack will be provided. The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups are held rain or shine!
Pick Galveston Island as your site and put in how many volunteers in the drop down then hit the register button at the bottom. You will need to enter “Your Information”. Please use the lead person of your group as it helps on the day of the event. If you are a group please put your group name in the “Work Information” area. If you are requesting a certain beach area please note that in the “Other Information” area. If you are a group and do not choose to register online please use this link to download the liability release waiver form. This must be turned in on site: http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/pdf/cleanup-registration.pdf
Questions from the past:
How late will you be set up at the Menard Park in Galveston?
We begin check in/registration at 8:45 and are usually off the property between 1 & 2 pm.
Should everyone register online? Can some register on site? What is the benefit to it? We have upwards of 3000 people that we plan for to volunteer for the event. Everyone that can register online prior to the event the faster we can get you through check in and provide supplies.
Will there be enough Adopt a Beach patches to give away? We have not run out before.
Will there be enough trash bags and gloves for everyone registered? We have not run out before.
Will there be t-shirts for sale this year? Yes, we are hoping to have special shirts with the 30th anniversary logo.
How do you figure out which areas to send people to clean? Can they go to any spot? When groups check in they are assigned an area in Galveston based on their size and how many other groups have checked in before you. We try our best to be accommodating, but have to make assignments based on our Beach Guardians and allow them to have their location over any other group.
The Adopt-A-Beach program is an all-volunteer effort that began in 1986 in an effort to rid Texas beaches of litter. Since the program began, more than 476,000 volunteers have removed 9,000 tons (more than 17 million pounds) of trash from the Texas coastline, making it one of the most successful volunteer efforts in the nation.
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. 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.
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