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Beach cleanup coincides with Earth Day weekend

April 20, 2010 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated April 19, 2010 at 11:20 p.m.


EARTH DAY DEALS

H-E-B will have its Earth Day giveaway Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Customers may exchange five plastic bags for an Earth Day-themed reusable shopping bag.

Each customer is limited to one bag.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

WHERE: Magnolia Beach in Port Lavaca, King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor, Austwell Pier

Beaches in the Golden Crescent will get a spring cleaning this weekend.

The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup kicks off 9 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteers may set up shop at any of the three regional pickup sites: Magnolia Beach, King Fisher Beach and Austwell Pier.

To sign up, visit www.TexasAdoptABeach.org or register on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags will be provided.

Calhoun County Extension Agent Rhonda Cummins said it is a coincidence that the cleanup is happening two days after Thursday's Earth Day, the national day for environment appreciation.

But Calhoun County ISD middle school students are planning their own pickup to observe Earth Day. They will work in conjunction with Adopt-A-Beach, Cummins said.

A club called Water Watchers at Travis Middle School hopes to restore an area on Matagorda Bay.

Eighth-grade students will pick up trash and plant smooth cordgrass on the shoreline to restore a native salt marsh, Cummins said.

Volunteers who would like to help the students may sign up with Adopt-A-Beach. They will meet at the end of U.S. Highway 87, she said.

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