Get the Lead Out

Did you know that the Great Lakes are the biggest freshwater source in the world? Lake Erie is the most productive for fishing of all the Great Lakes. Your support helps make our streams clean, clear and healthy so they can support this complex ecosystem. By donating to PCS, you help us reach our goals of restoring rivers that lead to Lake Erie beaches that promote fishable and swimmable conditions for generations.

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Get the Lead Out

Ever get that sinking feeling there is something in the water that shouldn't be? You're right! Get the Lead Out is a cleanup program that encourages volunteers to remove the fishing line, lead lures and trash that has accumulated in and along the banks of the Maumee River from spring fishing runs. We remove the used fishing gear because of the potential hazards that it can cause on wildlife, people and the beauty of the river. Get the Lead Out runs for several weeks throughout the summer, making this program flexible and allowing for weather and water-level dependent factors. After registering with PCS, groups pick up their Get the Lead Out Kit with cleanup supplies, and go collect lead sinkers, lures and fishing line and clean up our river! Sign up your group and jump into action and help us Get the Lead Out!

Make a significant difference to clean up our streams, make them safer for wildlife and more enjoyable for everyone!

Not only are the lead sinkers and hooks removed, but amazing amounts of old fishing gear including fishing lines, fishing rods, and lures are taken out of the river. The lead is sorted, melted, and reused. The fishing line is sent to Berkley Fishing where it is transformed into new materials like fish habitat structures. Groups can pick up lead and garbage anytime water levels and temperatures allow. Lower water levels make it easier to find line and lead along the rivers.  PCS provides the supplies, the maps, the tools - everything you need! We work primarily along the lower Maumee River, in multiple locations. Get the Lead Out is perfect for organizations working for community service hours or improving the environment. This program is recommended for people of all ages but supervision is required for anyone under 13 due to the location and nature of materials being collected (i.e. hooks, entangled line, etc.). 


To Get the Lead Out!, there are 3 easy steps:

  1. Register & pick-up your GLO Kit which includes gloves, garbage bags, pliers, and buckets
  2. Collect lead sinkers, fishing line, & garbage along the lower Maumee River May through September 
  3. Turn in your GLO Kit and collected lead to PCS. We will make sure that all collected lead will be recycled or reused.

To register, contact PCS or complete the registration flyer.

What an amazing summer for Get the Lead Out! With the help of the Toledo Zoo’s very own Zoo Teens and local volunteers, Partners for Clean Streams was able to remove almost 7 pounds of fishing line from the Maumee River this year, along with about 200 pounds of trash. While 7 pounds does not sound like very much, when you realize how incredibly light fishing line is and how much line it takes to add up to that weight, you would be shocked. The Zoo Teens have volunteered to clean this fishing line for us throughout the winter and we will be sending it in to Berkley Fishing where they will be recycling it into submergible fishing habitat.

If you are interested in taking part in the 2018 Get the Lead Out series, please visit our volunteer page and sign up on our volunteer form where we can let you know of upcoming events. Please consider making a donation to Partners for Clean Streams in order to help us continue to run programs like these that ensure that our rivers are clean, clear and safe for everyone!



Partners for Clean Streams Inc. is striving for abundant open space and a high quality natural environment; adequate floodwater storage capacities and flourishing wildlife; stakeholders who take local ownership in their resources; and rivers, streams and lakes that are clean, clear and safe