Currents June 2015

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.

Support PCS - Donate Now!


GLOkidinriverThe “weight” is over. Get the Lead Out is back and better than ever! Join us for our first outing by removing derelict fishing gear from the Maumee River on June 20th, 9am-12pm at the Riverview Shelter House at SideCut Metropark. This summer, we have over three miles of the Maumee River between Perrysburg and Maumee to cover and need your help. This program is great for volunteers of all ages and can be done throughout the summer season. You can schedule your own walk in the Maumee River, along its banks, over logs, through tall grasses, and over rocks collecting lead, line, and trash that have gotten snagged on rocks, branches, and grass. Just last year, PCS volunteers collected over 30 pounds of lead sinkers from this 3-mile stretch of river and this year, we hope to do more. Still need convincing this program is great for you? This video will take you up close to what it's really like.


Join us for our first public outing, June 20th, 9am-12pm at the Riverview Shelter House at SideCut Metropark in conjunction with Sierra Club. More scheduled outings will be organized for later in the season. These events are open to everyone; all experience levels welcome. But you don’t need to wait for us. Sign up your friends, family or volunteer group and go on your own time! As the water levels drop, we should be able to get further in the river for more lead and line collection. This is just one more way we can protect our precious river.

BoatsIt’s summer time, which means it’s time to get out on the water! Join Metroparks of the Toledo Area, along with Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Paddle Ohio program for a free paddle experience on June 28th at 1pm at Farnsworth Metropark. The paddle is great for beginner paddlers, as well as experienced boaters, and is suitable for those over the age of 12. While paddling, learn about the importance of stream ecology and monitoring from guest lecturer, Christina Kuchle from ODNR and partners like PCS. Experience nature and our community from a whole different perspective. The program counts toward a Paddle Ohio pin. To get your pin, you must paddle 4 different Ohio scenic rivers or water trails and send your information to ONDR. Register to paddle with us on June 28th at Equipment is available to borrow, please specify when registering. If one paddle is not enough, check out the Metroparks of the Toledo Area registration page or join Northwest Ohio River Runners for more upcoming paddles.

TNCCrewbreakingA few years ago, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded PCS with an $800,000 grant to help fuel our economy and create 35 seasonal, part-time and temporary positions. This team of workers focused on habitat restoration within the Maumee Area of Concern - primarily the Ottawa River and Swan Creek Watersheds and the Oak Openings region - with the help of several partners. Our partners, including Metroparks of the Toledo Area, The Nature Conservancy, The University of Toledo, Boy Scouts of America, and City of Toledo, all worked cooperatively with PCS to share the common goal and vision. The Maumee Corps undertook a variety of restoration techniques, such as invasive species management native planting and preparing for prescribed burning, within many types of habitats. The workers also took on re-plant areas devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer with suitable species and stream bank plantings. 

With a lot of dedication, over 37,000 hours were worked in the Oak Openings region, Swan Creek areas, and the Ottawa River watershed. While the goal was to cover 1,000 acres, our workers treated over 2,309 acres with 878 already considered restored. It will take time and patience, and maybe a little bit more work, to restore the other areas but the habitat is well on its way to being a more suitable habitat for rare species and increasing diversity as well as improving the river systems. We have two more Maumee Corps team members beginning work for this season with The Olander Park System and the University of Toledo to continue the work started there last year. Overall, the Maumee Corps project is highly successful, involving many partners, and teaching skills to the next generation of conservation scientists while greatly improving the region’s ecosystems. One Maumee Corps worker puts it “The Maumee Corps, GLRI grant gave me the opportunity to not only gain experience working with the land management crew…, but allowed me to practice the restoration techniques I learned in my college classes as well. This experience inspired me to further my career goals in the restoration field.” This program was the first one of it’s kind in our area since the original Civilian Conservation Corps made such an impact here in the 1930’s. It is already being used as a model of similar programs led by other environmental organizations. It’s said that imitation is the highest form of flattery!

Currents: June 2015

Your donation, no matter how small, can make a huge difference in the long run. Every penny goes a long way in protecting your water.


Keep Current and Follow us on Social Media

PCS on Facebook PCS on Twitter
PCS on Instragram PCS on Youtube



Get the Lead Out River Clean Up


Fishing Line Recycling "Adopt-a-Bin"




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