Currents December 2017

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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agmrsvpPlease join us for our 11th Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 14th. We will be reviewing the past year, discussing goals for the next, and presenting our Clean Your Streams 21 Challenge Awards and Clean Stream Partner Award. We will also be celebrating our partnership throughout the community and thanking our annual program sponsors. Meet us at the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Indoor Shelter (not the mall or monument) from 6-8 pm for a social hour with a light meal included. If you have received an invitation through the mail or email, please reply ASAP to let us know if you will be attending. And if you didn’t, please consider this your invite! Call our office at (419) 874-0727 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you there!

bassproxmasWe are still looking for some elves to help wrap presents this month at Bass Pro Shops in Rossford. During certain times in December, we will be stationed near the checkout lanes to offer our help in wrapping newly purchased presents. The proceeds of the gift-wrapping sessions will be donated to Partners for Clean Streams. All skill levels of gift-wrappers are welcome!   Too cold for a stream cleanup? Join us at Bass Pro on the following dates to donate your time to a good cause:

  • Sunday, December 10th 10-2pm
  • Tuesday, December 19th 5-9pm

volunteers20172017 has been an exciting year for us at Partners for Clean Streams! We have been working hard all year to improve our local waterways through our volunteer-based programs and educational outreach. This year, we were involved in multiple partnerships focused on water quality issues. PCS participated in 15 outreach events including: UT Earth Day Fest, the Toledo Zoo’s Party for the Planet, Camp Miakonda’s 100th Anniversary celebration, and the National Museum of the Great Lakes Marine Debris seminar. We had two additions to the staff – Paul is the new Program Coordinator and Hannah is the Communications and Outreach Specialist. In 2017, our volunteer events reached 1,282 individuals, cleaned up 90 sites, and removed 29,842 pounds of trash and debris from our waterways.

In the spring, we hosted the Youth Water Quality Patch Day Workshop in which 64 scouts earned their patch through six hands-on water quality activities. We also held our Storm Drain Marking program in the spring. This year, we had 33 volunteers at two sites who passed out 575 door hangers on proper storm drain maintenance and marked 96 storm drains with the phrase “Drains are for rain – flows to waterway.”   In April, we partnered with the Glass City Marathon to reduce and recycle waste from the event. We had 20 volunteers who helped recycle 1,800 pounds of cardboard, 800 pounds of glass, 40 pounds of plastic overwrap, and 50 pounds of plastic cups and bottles. A 20 yard dumpster was filled 2/3 full with compostable material that was delivered to Hirzel Farms.

Throughout the summer, we promoted our Get the Lead Out (GLO) and Clean Your Streams 365 programs. Our GLO events attracted 41 volunteers at 4 sites who removed 6.6 pounds of fishing line and lead from our local waterways. They covered over 1.15 miles of riverbank and collected 210 pounds of trash. Our CYS 365 program included 92 volunteers at 5 sites throughout the region. These volunteers removed 49 bags (over 900 pounds of trash) and covered 3.25 miles of riparian area. In August, Boy Scout Troop and Venture Troop 66 helped construct 20 new fishing line recycling bins that will be installed next year near popular fishing sites. PCS rounded off the summer season by inviting members to our Annual Water Quality Boat Cruise. We had 60 individuals who took a leisurely tour of the Maumee River aboard the Sandpiper in downtown Toledo while four water quality experts presented and answered questions about issues affecting Lake Erie and our region’s water systems.

In the fall, we celebrated 21 years of Clean Your Streams Day! This year, we had 910 volunteers spread out across 69 sites in the greater metropolitan Toledo area. They removed 910 bags of debris and 94 tires from our riverbanks. In total, they collected over 23,000 pounds of trash across over 25 miles. We want to thank all of our volunteers throughout the year who made our programs a success!

We want to be your Partner to Give Water a Hand! Follow us on social media to learn more about our programs and presentations. See pictures of our exciting events and connect with us @PCSMaumee (Instagram and Twitter) or follow us at Partners for Clean Streams on Facebook. Check our website for more information and learns way you can do more for our waterways. Thanks for being part of success and 2017 and we hope you’ll continue being a Partner in 2018!


CYS 21

Water Quality Boat Cruise

Get the Lead Out

Patch Day

waterwayshelpAs we enter into the holiday season, we are reminded of the gratitude we have for our members, donors, and volunteers. Thank you. We all want safe and clean water for drinking, recreating, and enjoying. As we approach the New Year, we are working to continue to expand our programs that support and protect our waterways. But we can’t do it without your help. Please consider making a donation to improve our local waters. Clean water is something we take for granted until we don’t have it. As we continue to combat the Lake Erie algal issue, clean water becomes an increasingly important topic for everyone in our community. Your donation will go towards promoting education, volunteer opportunities, and ensuring strong regional partnerships. Help us to Give Water a Hand.

Any form of donation can help: time, effort, and monetary. Consider becoming a member of PCS and you will receive monthly e-newsletters, special invitations to events, and information about our programs throughout the year. Or, sign up to volunteer for any of our programs including Storm Drain Marking, Get the Lead Out, CYS 365, or our annual Clean Your Streams Day. Make a financial contribution to sustain these programs and help us to continue to work towards our mission of clean, clear, and safe water. Become a Partner today for clean water and make a commitment to ensuring our resources are protected for generations to come.

Currents: December 2017

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Terry Shankland

President of the Board
Private Citizen

Andrew Curran
Vice President
Assistant Scout Executive,
Boy Scouts of America

Colleen Dooley
Attorney, Private Practice

Kyle Spicer
Private Citizen

Denise Fonner
Board Member
Private Citizen

Jeff Gibbs
Board Member
Private Citizen

Joan King
Board Member
Private Citizen

Chris Smalley
Board Member
Park Services Supervisor
Metroparks of the Toledo Area

Patrick Lawrence, Ph.D.
Past President of Board (non-voting)
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters
University of Toledo

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