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Don’t Mess with Texas (and their shorelines!)

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By: Kim Albins

Texans take pride in their coastline and have had an active 2014 clean-up season so far. From Galveston Bay to the southern end of the Padre Island National Seashore; more than 10,000 volunteers dedicated their time to remove TONS of marine debris!

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Take a look at some of the impressive cleanup stats:

February 22
Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup, Padre Island National Seashore
540 volunteers
40 tons of debris

March 15
Southern end of Padre Island National Seashore
260 volunteers
25 tons of debris

March 22
St. Joe’s Beach near Port Aransas
80 volunteers
Three large dumpsters filled with plastic bottles and one large dumpster with miscellaneous trash
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March 29
River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash® in Galveston Bay
4,622 volunteers
37.6 tons of debris

April 26
28th annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup
7,334 volunteers
121 tons of debris

While volunteers removed both large and small debris items from the coast, Texas still has a problem with marine debris accumulation. After recent cleanups, Buzz Botts of the National Park Service in Padre Island said:

“As impressive as the stats are, keep in mind that the park has nearly 70 miles of beach. That means there are about 55 more miles of beach that has not been cleaned and has hundreds more tons of debris scattered across it. No one can come here and not go away amazed at the sheer amounts of trash floating in the world’s oceans.”

The Lone Star State is full of true citizen stars making a difference in their community. If you haven’t had a chance to pitch in, there are always opportunities in Texas to lend a hand. Please join me in tipping my hat to those Texas Stars! Keep up the great work!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

One thought on “Don’t Mess with Texas (and their shorelines!)

  1. The best clean up is the one that doesn’t have to happen! We MUST INSIST that the decision makers at the state and municipal hear loud and clear, that Texans don’t want to spend their time cleaning up after the trashers. The best way to do that is to support a state wide refund program on beverage containers, and seek a phase out program for single use point of sale bags, and polystyrene to go containers. There are other many other materials out there that could be marketed. is doing that for 2015. They need all concerned citizens to speak up to their legislators and local politicians to move on these preventive measure ASAP. PREVENTION IS THE SOLUTION TO WATER WAY POLLUTION.

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