If you’re the type who likes to do some spring cleaning, we’ve got an idea for you.

This Saturday, thousands of volunteers will be doing some spring cleaning on the Texas Coast.

That’s when the Texas General Land Office will have its spring Adopt-A-Beach cleanup.

Volunteers will don heavy gloves and carry trash bags, collecting all sorts of trash and waste from the shoreline to keep our beaches pristine.

Last fall, more than 200 tons were collected from 12 coastal counties.

This year, there are three cleanup sites in Galveston County: The Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island and the O’Quinn Estuarial Corridor along the Gulf Freeway. Any and all could use your help.

We’ve already seen in 2014 how important the environment is to our quality of life. The recent oil spill dumped tarballs along our shores and hurt scores of wildlife.

And although crews have cleaned up much of the mess, we won’t know the entire impact the spill had on our nearby ecosystems for a long time.

Taking part in the Adopt-A-Beach cleanup shows you support the Texas beaches that are so important to us.


Adopt-A-Beach

SEABROOK-HARRIS COUNTY

Check-in: Highway 146, north side of Clear Creek under bridge on Seabrook city side

Contact: Rex Ward, 281-910-8774, rex.ward@texasa

BOLIVAR PENINSULA – GALVESTON COUNTY

Check-in: Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 930 Noble Carl Drive, approximately 11 miles from the ferry landing

Contact: Janis Bridgers, 409-454-4756, janis.bridgers@texasadoptabeach.org

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 409-744-743, 409-789-4996 (cell), evangeline.whorton@texasadoptabeach.org

*Advanced reservations required

GALVESTON ISLAND –GALVESTON COUNTY

Check-in: Menard Park, 27th Street & Seawall Boulevard

Contact: Arielle Brown, 409-795-2089, arielle.brown@texasadoptabeach.org

(2) comments

Dwight Gilkison

Time?

Steve Fouga

The past 2 years my wife and I have made the 5-minute drive to Menard Park only to be faced with long lines and long waits just to be allowed to get started. Has anyone else encountered a hassle upon startup? Maybe we just don't know what we're doing.

I wonder how it would work to just show up with our own trash bags, start picking up trash, and putting it in any containers or piles started by the volunteers...

That's probably what we'll do.

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