December Currents

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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MaumeeRviewoftoledoThe 2015 Maumee AOC Summit will be held on Thursday, December 10th from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Wildwood Metropark (Ward Pavilion) at 5100 W Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43615. The Summit will include updates on the activities of the Maumee AOC Advisory Committee (MAAC), as well as presentations on several projects within the Area of Concern. There will also be reports from Ohio EPA, US EPA, PCS and other groups actively working on water quality and watershed projects within the Maumee AOC.  Please see the agenda for more details.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 9. Send RSVPs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you there!

Partners for Clean Streams announces that the Voting Member Applications for the local Maumee RAP Committee, called Maumee AOC Advisory Committee (MAAC), are now available for the 2016 - 2017 term. See the detailed announcement and the application form for more information. Application should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or received in the office by December 11th.

This is also a call for Ex-Officio and Resource members. Those members do not need to fill out the application but should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your selected level of membership & involvement. See the Operating Procedures for more description of those two membership categories.

Thank you to all the generous donors who gave on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. We had a wonderful response and met our fundraising goal for that day. Thanks to the Toledo Community Foundation, the donations will be matched up to $1,000. With great social media interaction on Twitter and Facebook, over 1,000 people saw our messages of about protecting our local rivers. We are very pleased with the responses we got for Giving Tuesday and we are reminded about the dedication and respect our partners have for our rivers.

However, we are not done. We still need your help in increasing our funding for next year. While we do get grants for specific programs, that funding is very restricted and we need more unrestricted funding to build programs that increase educational and volunteer opportunities to protect our rivers. December is the best time to give generously to Partners for Clean Streams because we are able to take donated funds and use them to create better programs next spring. So in the midst of your shopping and hustling in the next few weeks, please take time to remember the simple, basic things in life; healthy rivers, clean ecosystems and flourishing wildlife. With your donation, we can make these things a standard for many years to come. We encourage you to give generously by becoming a member of Partners for Clean Streams or with a one-time, no obligation donation. In advance, thank you for your generosity and thank you for your crucial support in over the past year.

GucollectionWhat would you run for? Your health? A Charity? Why not run for clean water and rivers? Now you can! Partners for Clean Streams is the newest charity partner for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, which is April 24th, 2016. When you register, you can also choose Partners for Clean Streams as your charity and make a donation to us right then! PCS is also helping the marathon go green! We will help facilitate recycling, composting, and terracycling at the start, at water stops along the race, and at the finish line. We will help recycle plastic bottles, cardboard, and terracycle the GU packs and water cups. The marathon is even going to compost the food waste! If you are not a runner participating in the race, you can still donate directly to us online. When you or someone you know does register, make sure that we, Partners for Clean Streams, are your designated Charity Partner. Check out our donation page and register to Run for Rivers!

AGMintroThank you to everyone that joined us on Monday night for our Annual General Meeting. We raised hundreds of dollars in Silent Auctions and had a wonderful dinner by Shankland’s Catering in the Jadel Leadership Center at Camp Miakonda. We then celebrated our work from the past year. We had quite a bit to review and celebrate. We also looked to what changes 2016 will bring, including a new board member. Welcome aboard Chris Smalley. Congratulations to all the Clean Your Streams Challenge winners who received awards that evening. Special congratulations goes to Bob Neubert for winning the prestigious Clean Streams Partner Award. This year, the table covers were craft paper and we encouraged our guests to write and draw messages about rivers. We discovered some wonderful artists and inspiration, so thank you! Thank you for everyone in attendance!

BobNeubertCongratulations goes to Bob Neubert who is the recipient of the prestigious Clean Streams Partner Award. Bob has been with the Lucas County Engineer’s Office since 1999 and works in the Drainage Department, handling drainage related issues in all 11 Townships in the County. He received his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering from Owens Community College. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager, Engineering Technician and Surveying Technician. He has been on the Clean Your Streams planning team since 2004, leading volunteers in removing trash from our rivers. Bob has been involved in improving water quality both professionally as an employee of the County, and personally, as a Boy Scout Leader.

As a very active volunteer leader for the last 12 years in Boy Scouts, he has involved “his boys” in Clean Your Streams, from the morning set up to the last of the clean up at the picnic. He has led a large workshop on water quality for Boy Scouts across the region, leading 180 scouts in Storm Drain Marking. He is always ready to offer up his help and pitch in on all the “behind the scenes” work it takes to effectively engage hundreds of kids in hands on learning about improving water quality. For those reasons, the Board selected Bob as the 2015 recipient of the Clean Streams Partner Award. The award is given to a river hero that demonstrates exceptional dedication to the health of our waterways.

Currents: December 2015

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2014 Annual Report



Patrick Lawrence, Ph.D.
President of Board
Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Geography
University of Toledo

Tim Schetter, Ph.D.
Vice President / Secretary
Director of Natural Resources, Metroparks of the Toledo Area

Colleen Dooley
Attorney, Private Practice

Philip Blosser
Board Member
Market Development Manager
Perstorp Polyols

Andrew Curran
Board Member
Assistant Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America

Denise Fonner
Board Member
Private Citizen

Shawn Reinhart
Board Member
Environmental Manager, Johns Manville

Terry Shankland
Board Member
CEO, Shankland's Catering

Kyle Spicer
Board Member
Private Citizen

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