The goal of Texas Heritage Protection is to help encourage our fellow Texans to keep our state clean and litter free, preserving our beautiful state and all its God-given for future generations. While we will be working to create new initiatives and education programs, we want to highlight those successful programs in our state that are already hard at work and making a difference. Once such program is the General Land Office’s “Texas Adopt a Beach” initiative which this year is celebrating 30 years of keeping our wonderful Texas beaches clean for the enjoyment of our citizens and the many visitors to our great state.
Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 488,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 9,200 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. 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 their message to Texans all across the state.
Texas Heritage Protection applauds the efforts of Commissioner George P. Bush, the hardworking and dedicated staff of the General Land Office, and the thousands of volunteers who have this program a success and source of pride for Texans. Congratulations on 30 years of helping keep our Texas beaches clean and for playing an important role in preserving our Texas heritage.