Clean Your Streams

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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Clean Your Streams

CYSAre you tired of seeing trash floating down our rivers, streams, and in our lakes? Do you want to make a real, positive impact on the environment and in our community? Consider volunteering through Clean Your Streams! For three hours on one day in September, almost one thousand volunteers join forces to clean tons of trash from over 30 miles of rivers in the greater Toledo area. Volunteers gather at one of the several kickoff locations to clean up dozens of high-profile stream bank sites along 5 major waterways, tributaries, and ditches throughout our neighborhood. Volunteers of all ages remove and record what they find on data cards, which are later reported for localand international research with the International Coastal Cleanup. Many groups, such as youth volunteer groups, businesses, church groups, and environmental organizations participate in our group challenges. After a couple hours of picking up all types of imaginable trash, volunteers gather for an Appreciation Picnic where they are treated to a free hot lunch, thanked with a Clean Your Streams t-shirt, and provided with cleanup results, door prizes, challenge awards, education about watershed information, and much more. Every year, we partner with local agencies, sponsors, organizing organizations, and various other community partners. Join us by sponsoring the event, organizing a group, being a site captain, and/or volunteering to clean a stream. We hope you join us for the 23rd Annual Clean Your Streams Day on Saturday, September 21st!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the 23rd Clean Your Streams Day!  We couldn't do this without you.



Partners for Clean Streams

Grant Support 

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Community Partners

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CYS Underwriters

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 CYS Contributors

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CYS Supporters 


CYS Patrons 

African Safari Wildlife Park

Amie's Pizza Factory

Bennett Enterprises

Canine Karma

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve


Fin Feather Fur Outfitters

Imagination Station

Island Transportation, Inc.


Ken's Flower Shops

Maumee Bay Kayak Livery

Marco's Pizza

Miller Boat Line

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Stranahan Theater and Great Hall


The Nature Conservancy

Toledo Symphony

Toledo Walleye Hockey Club

Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

University of Toledo Football



Clean Your Streams Day is an annual event hosted by Partners For Clean Streams (with help from many partners) where over one thousand volunteers join forces to clean up tons of trash from over 60 sites in rivers in the greater Toledo area. During the event, we clean trash from the river, educate our volunteers on marine debris, and celebrate our local, abundant rivers. We focus on high profile, high impact sites in need of cleaning. We hope that through Clean Your Streams, citizens take greater pride in their community and rivers, and become stewards of them for the future. Below are Frequently Asked Questions about Clean Your Streams:


What day is it?

CYS 23 will be held on Saturday, September 21st, 2019.


What time does it start and end?

You will meet at your assigned kickoff location between 8 and 8:30 A.M. The cleanup projects officially begin at 8:30 A.M. and end at 12 P.M. Afterwards many people stay for an Appreciation Picnic that ends around 2 P.M.


How old do I need to be to participate? 

We generally recommend that participants are over the age of 4, though at most sites, any age is welcome (see a note below regarding the UT Kickoff Location). You can expect to walk on a stream bank or uneven ground, picking up various types of trash. For younger participants, we pick sites that are kid-friendly, such as a park. *This year, volunteers registering for the UT Kickoff Location must be 18 years or older. If this new crtieria presents a problem to you or individuals in your group, please contact us for more information and suggestions.


What do I wear?

Preferably long pants and a short or long sleeve t-shirt with closed toed shoes. The entire event is held outside, so dress for the weather.


What is a kickoff location?

Volunteers will meet at one of 7 kickoff locations and then spread out to over 60 different cleanup sites. A kickoff location is where your group meets up before traveling to your clean up location.


Where and when do I register?

Please register at this link:

Registration will close on September 13th, 2019.


What is a challenge award and how do I win one?

During the cleanup, volunteers keep track of how many bags they fill and record that on the Challenge Registration form to be completed and returned at the Appreciation Picnic. Combined with the number of bags collected and number of volunteers from the group, Challenge winners are determined. The Challenge Winners are announced at the picnic and presented with awards and trophies. To learn more, check out this article.  


What is a group leader?

A group leader is responsible for the coordination of their organization; including registration of all the volunteers you recruited from your group, designating site captains that get trained, completing and submitting the Challenge Entry Form for your organization.


What is a site captain and what do they do?

Site Captains are responsible for the coordination of a group or team at a designated site, including assignment of team jobs (i.e. recorder, collector), having first aid materials (provided), knowing emergency numbers (provided), gives/takes supplies, and turning in extra supplies, completed data cards, and completed Site Captain Reports at the Supply Station at the Appreciation Picnic. Each group of over 10 particpaints is required to have 1 Site Captain for every 10 volunteers. Trainings for Site Captains are required and these trainings are the week before Clean Your Streams Day. SITE CAPTAIN REGISTRATION NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.


What are the responsibilities of us as volunteers?

Volunteers are responsible for the collection of the trash and recording what types of trash are found onto data cards. Within your volunteer group your Site Captain or Group Leader will assign recorders and collectors. Recorders are responsible for recording what the collectors pick up and writing it on data cards. Collectors are responsible for picking up the trash and letting the recorders know what they find.


What is a data card?

Your Kickoff Coordinator will pass these out the day of the event. These cards are used to record what types of trash you find which are later reported for local and international research with Ohio's Coastweek's program and the International Coastal Cleanup.

Further questions can be directed to 419-874-0727 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the 22nd Clean Your Streams Day! We couldn't do this without you.



Partners for Clean Streams

Community Partners

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CYS Underwriters

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 CYS Contributors

          johns manville   davey resource group  Hull and AssociatesTetra Tech   ERGLogoLGToledo Edison


CYS Supporters 

Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, Tires4Ward Program

Lowe's Home Improvement

Mannik & Smith Group, Inc

Monroe St. United Methodist Church


CYS Patrons

African Wildlife Safari Park

Appliance Center

Bass Pro Shops Rossford

Bennett Enterprises

BGSU Men's Hockey

Biggby Coffee

Bridgestone Tires 4Ward Program

Carpets by Otto

Carruth Studios


Daves Running Company

Earnest Brew Works

Fin Feather Fur Outfitters

For Keeps

Ken's Flower Shops

MacQueen Apple Orchard

Marcos Pizza

Maumee Bay Kayak Livery

Michael's Cafe & Bakery

Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island

National Museum of the Great Lakes

The Olander Park System

Paige Sloma

Pet Value

The Legacy Golf Course

Toledo Mud Hens

Toledo Walleyes

Toledo Zoo

Tony Packo's

Walmart - Central Ave.

Wixey Bakery

Wheeler Farms 






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Clean Your Streams 2017

Clean Your Streams 2016

Clean Your Streams 2015

Clean Your Streams 2014

Clean Your Streams 2013

Clean Your Streams 2012


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