Currents September 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.

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changeforchangeChange for Change is a great opportunity for your CYS group to benefit our local rivers and streams. While Partners for Clean Streams is dedicated to the waterways of the greater Toledo area, we depend on your support. So as your group comes together for Clean Your Streams Day, we Challenge you to make some Change for Change.

This year, we want all participating groups and teams to pool dimes, nickels, quarters and pennies. Search under sofa cushions! Raid piggy banks! Empty car cupholders! Set out a jar in the office! Bring your Change with you to the Appreciation Picnic AFTER the cleanup. Each group’s collective Change will be weighed and compared to other team’s weights. The group with the heaviest amount of Change wins the Challenge and will receive a Mystery Award!

To get started, check out this flyer and cut off the bottom portion. Use that half sheet to attach to a jar that is set out in the office, passed around at meetings or in the lunch room. Just like every drop counts in our rivers, your change can add up. Take the Challenge, make some change and see how you measure up to other groups at the Clean Your Streams Appreciation Picnic.

trashMarine debris, or trash in our waterways, is a huge ongoing issue around the world. Even though volunteers remove tons of trash every year during our stream cleanup events, trash accumulates quickly in our waterways. In fact, various studies show that 5 to 12 million tons of plastic from the land goes into our oceans each year, not including rivers and the Great Lakes. The easiest way to help fix the problem is keep your trash from ending up in our rivers by REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING.

While PCS is going ahead strong in trash removal efforts, we cannot do it alone. We are working hard to educate everyone to prevent marine debris and the process begins with you. It is much easier to prevent trash from getting into the rivers, thangetting it out once in the water. Start changing your habits with small steps like avoiding using straws and coffee lids (single use plastics) and making sure your trash bags are tightly closed. While these changes seem small, they add up quickly. The most common pieces of trash found during our cleanups are things like straw, plastic bottles, cigarette butts and plastic eating utensils. This trend can only be changed by individuals like you.

You can take greater charge by being part of Clean Your Streams or another cleanup. If cleanups are "not your thing", you can donate to help us put on river cleanups, educate the public and leverage local donations into much bigger grants to make a large impact on the Marine Debris issue in your area.

Currents: September 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.


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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