Currents July 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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UTAFSAs Partners for Clean Streams is a small, non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the generosity of our volunteers and donations from individuals and businesses to keep our programs running and our streams clean. Programs, such as our quickly approaching 21st annual Clean Your Streams Day, could not happen without these funding sources and the kindness of our sponsors and donors. Please help Partners for Clean Streams to continue our cleanups and educational programs by donating to our cause through monetary donations, by becoming a PCS member, and by volunteering for our programs. Thank you again for your continued help and support!

CYS21currentsRegistration for the 21st annual Clean Your Streams Day is right around the corner. It will open around August 1st and will stay open until September 18th. Clean Your Streams Day is September 23rd this year. Partners for Clean Streams would love to have your help and the help of your family, friends, and co-workers in keeping our waterways clean, clear and free of debris. Last year our amazing group of almost 1,000 volunteers collected over 26,000 pounds of trash! Help PCS remove another massive amount of debris from our local waterways and raise awareness about the growing issue of marine debris not only in our local community but globally! This is your chance to be part of a growing movement that is focused on protecting one of the most vital resources on the planet, clean water. 

GLOJune2017Even with cloudy skies and having to end the program early due to a storm, the first of our series of 5 Get the Lead Out Programs with the Toledo Zoo Teens was a success. These hard working kids managed to fill half of a large trash bag with fishing debris in only a half hour! Getting fishing line, lead sinkers and rogue lures out of our waterways is incredibly important not only for water quality, but also for the health and wellbeing of the wildlife that live in and near our rivers. The Maumee River is truly a local treasure, full of recreational opportunities as well as natural beauty, and we are lucky enough to have it right here in our backyards.

Many anglers enjoy the great fishing opportunity that is provided by the Maumee River, but unfortunately lead sinkers, fishing line and lures get tangled in the banks or get washed downstream. Please come out and help us remove this lost line and keep our fish, snakes, turtles and all other creatures that live both in and on the river safe and healthy. The Get the Lead Out programs will be at Side Cut Metropark from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on July 11th, and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on July 25th and August 8th. Locations throughout the park are subject to change depending on the water levels. Check the PCS Calendar or call our office at 419-874-0727 to find out where we will be!

IMG 7058Paddle sports are becoming increasingly popular in Lucas and Wood Counties due to the efforts of many organizations, such as Wood County Parks, Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Maumee Bay State Park and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. There are a growing number of public entry points being created along the Maumee River, Swan Creek and within local parks, such as the Blue Creek Nona France Quarry and Wiregrass Lake, where people can bring their own registered paddle craft and enjoy cruising around. River Lures kayak rentals are also becoming popular and relaxing activities to take part in during the weekends for those who don’t have their own boat. With this surge in water recreation, it is important to make sure that everyone remains safe while out paddling in our beautiful rivers and lakes.

Life jackets, also known as personal flotation devices (PFD's), are a time tested and proven method for remaining safe while out on the water. It is also the law to make sure that canoes, kayaks and all boats under 16 feet in length are equipped with wearable PFD’s for each person on board. Children under the age of 10 must wear a PFD on any watercraft under 18 feet. More important factors to take into account are making sure that your life jackets fit properly, that they are in good working condition, that they are U.S. Coast Guard approved and that all life jackets are easily accessible to all persons on board the boat. If you decide to bring along your pup, they even make life jackets dogs! For more detailed information on life jacket laws, please click here.

All boating professionals suggest that life jackets should be worn while paddling, because all it takes is one mishap and you can become unconscious and in risk of severe injury or death. PCS reached out to American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor Bill Hoefflin on just why life jackets are so vital to a safe paddling experience. Here is what he had to say about life jacket safety:

“Drowning remains the number 1 cause of on the water boating deaths. In the most recent U.S. Coast Guard report, 428 drowning's were reported. Of those, 352 (82%) of victims were not wearing a life jacket. Life jacket design and technology has come a long way. Today there are many life jackets that are extremely comfortable. Most boaters don't plan on going into the water. If they are not wearing a life jacket when they do, the odds are high that the jacket will not be accessible to them after they are out of their boat. I encourage everyone that plans to be out on the water to go find a life jacket appropriate to your activity and to buy something that is comfortable and that you will wear every time. I also invite you to come and take a safe boating or paddling class at Metroparks of the Toledo Area, to be a responsible boater and to enjoy and support our local waters!”

To learn more about what you can do beyond bringing along a PFD to remain safe out on the water, please visit the ODNR Where to Boat page.

Currents: July 2017

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CYS 21 - Save the Date!




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

Deanna Bobak
Board Member
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