Adopt-A-Beach cleanup set for Saturday
Sept. 24, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.
• Wear close-toed shoesSandals won't provide protection against broken glass, metal and rocks.
• Wear glovesProtect yourself from cuts and contaminated objects.
• Stay coolWe recommend a hat, long sleeves and sunscreen.
Don't handle dead or injured animalsReport them to your Adopt-A-Beach coordinator.
• Keep your distance from metal drumsReport their location to your Adopt-A-Beach coordinator. Some may contain hazardous materials.
• Avoid heavy liftingReport the location of heavy objects to your Adopt-A-Beach coordinator, who can arrange for later pickup.
• Don't pick up hazardous materials
Avoid items such as hypodermic needles, sharp objects, old car batteries and any other unidentified or questionable objects.
• Take special precautions with your children
Advise them of the safety rules.
• Stay off the dunes and keep away from nesting shorebirds.
If you go
• WHAT: Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup sponsored by the Texas General Land Office
• WHERE: 29 sites along the Texas Gulf Coast. Visit TexasAdoptABeach.org for a complete list of locations and to register.
• WHEN: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
An estimated 10,000 volunteers are expected at 29 locations along the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday as part of the annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup, according to a news release.
Locations include King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor, Magnolia Beach/Indianola, Palacios, Matagorda Beach, Sargent Beach in Bay City, Rockport, Austwell Pier, Aransas Pass/Redfish Bay and Port Aransas.
Volunteers can register between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. the day of the event at any of these locations or online.
Comfortable clothing, close-toed shoes and a hat are the recommended attire. Suggested supplies include sunscreen, drinking water and bug repellant.
The Texas General Land Office provides data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags, as well as refreshments after the cleanup at most sites.
Nearly 450,000 Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have collected 17 million pounds of litter from the Gulf Coast since the event's inception 26 years ago.
Those who cannot make the event Sept. 28 can take advantage of a second event later this fall.
The Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Expedition, a competitive, four-wheel drive excursion, cleanup and treasure hunt, is set for Nov. 2 at Padre Island National Seashore.
Donations are accepted year-round online. Sponsorship levels range from $25 to $25,000 and are tax-deductible.