Left-behind Lead and Line

GLOThe Mighty Maumee got a little cleaner this summer thanks to our Get the Lead Out volunteers.  We had six Get the Lead Out sessions this summer at fishing hot spots along the Maumee River.  Our GLO volunteers covered 3.5 river miles at Side Cut Metropark and Orleans Park in Perrysburg.  198 volunteers came out to help us remove marine debris and fishing gear from the banks of the river.  In total, PCS has facilitated six Get the Lead Out programs aiming to improve the health of our water and prevent fishing gear from contaminating the waterways and entangling fish and wildlife.  A remarkable 28.2 pounds of line, lead, and lures were removed this summer. The fishing line will then be cleaned by our friends the Toledo ZooTeens and sent to Berkely Conservation Institute to be recycling into fish spawning structures.  Along with the left-behind fishing line, 445 pounds of trash were also removed.  Get the Lead Out helps reduce marine debris and ensure that the Walleye Capital of the World continues to attract the next generation of anglers.