This project is in partnership with the American Bird Conservancy, Black Cat GIS, and GCBO with grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency¹, Mary Moody Northern Endowment, and CenterPoint Energy. With the S.P.L.A.Sh project, we hope to decrease the amount of trash in and entering Gulf Coast waters on the upper Texas coast.

There is an enormous amount of trash in Texas waters and this affects the organisms living there as well as on the beach. Many of the shorebirds that we study have been negatively effected by this pollution. For example, the American Oystercatchers that we study have often been found wrapped up in fishing line, which causes damage to the bird and sometimes death.

This project has both cleanup and education components. We will be hosting monthly beach and bayou cleanups during which we will also collect trash data. For a long-term effect, we will be educating the public about waste reduction and proper disposal. This includes engaging local communities, stakeholders, and natural resource managers whose coastal lands and areas are impacted by trash and plastic pollution. If you are interested in our education programs or volunteering at one of our cleanups, please contact

Trash Free Pledges and voluntary Trash Management and Prevention Plans encourage citizens, visitors, agencies and municipalities to prevent and remove trash from our water and beaches.  To learn more about S.P.L.A.Sh, visit our full website here.




With our education programs, we hope to teach the public about what happens to marine garbage, the negative effects it has, and how we can help.

Take our short online courses about Marine Debris, Galveston Bay Ecology, and Life vs. Litter here.

Sign our Trash Free Pledge here

If you'd like to bring SPLASh programming to your school or group, contact Celeste at

We will be hosting monthly cleanups on the beaches or bayous. We are always looking for volunteers to help us collect trash and data, so come join us!

See a schedule of Cleanup events here.

Email to sign up.

See our cleanup data so far here.

Take our after-cleanup survey here.

For more information contact:

Kelly Martin, ABC Texas Outreach Coordinator, 415-246-0566,

Celeste Silling, GCBO Education and Outreach Manager, 979-480-0999,

¹This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement 01D07120 to American Bird Conservancy. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.