glopicJoin PCS this summer as we get the lead, line, and lures out of our waterways! Following the spring walleye run and white bass run on the Maumee River, the Get the Lead Out program helps ensure that fish and stream-dependent wildlife are healthy and viable. Fishing line can remain in the ecosystem for over 600 years and can be detrimental to fish and wildlife due to entanglement. Monofilament line is virtually invisible and therefore hard to remove from the banks and branches on which it gets caught. Our Get the Lead Out program removes this plastic-based pollution and debris from local waterways so wildlife can continue to flourish and people can continue to fish. Last year, our volunteers removed 6.6 pounds of line and lead from Side Cut Metropark and Orleans Park in Perrysburg, along with over 200 pounds of trash. The fishing line we collect during Get the Lead Out is sorted, cleaned, and sent to Berkley Conservation Institute. They recycle and repurpose the used line into fish spawning enclosures, helping support and sustain critical fish populations for the future.

We are looking for volunteers for six-scheduled Get the Lead Out events this summer. You can learn more about this program and register to volunteer for this program on our website.   Please wear closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and dress for the weather. PCS will supply everything else for our volunteers and lead the cleanups. Give back to our waterways this summer and Get the Lead Out with us!


  • Wednesday 6/13 from 6-8pm @ Side Cut Metropark (Riverview Area)
  • Saturday 6/30 from 9-11am @ Side Cut Metropark (River Road and Jerome Road)
  • Wednesday 7/11 from 6-8pm @ Side Cut Metropark (Siegert Lake Parking Lot)
  • Thursday 7/26 from 6-8pm @ Orleans Park (Boat Launch Parking Lot)
  • Wednesday 8/8pm from 6-8 @ Side Cut Metropark (Blue Grass Island)
  • 6th GLO – TBD
  • if cancelled due to inclement weather, we will contact you directly and post it to our social media so follow us @PCSMaumee or Partners for Clean Streams

And don’t forget, you can always schedule your own trash cleanup along the water through our CYS365 all summer long! Sign up online for our CYS365 program.