Currents April 2018

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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c3wAlong with our Stormwater Coalition partners and community agencies, we have re-launched the Toledo Lake Erie Clear Choices Clean Water campaign. Local information and community volunteer opportunities are being updated on the website.   Each month, we will feature a different pledge, and highlight ways that users can support each campaign. For the month of April, we are promoting the “Volunteer Service” pledge. Although everyday is Earth Day for us here at PCS, for those in the community, this is a special time to give back to Mother Nature. We have several upcoming volunteer events where you can do your part for the Earth and our greater Toledo community. The first simple step is to visit the Toledo Lake Erie C3W website and make a pledge for clean water. There are five pledges to choose from: Volunteer Service, Super Kids, Lawn Fertilizer, Native Plants and Pollinators, and Pet and Other Poo. Each pledge provides educational information on why these problems affect Lake Erie and what you can do to be part of the solution.

The next step is to get active! We will be sharing our April Volunteer events on our social media, as well as Toledo Lake Erie’s C3W’s. You can schedule a Clean Your Stream 365 event, volunteer with us at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon “Green Team”, support PCS water quality programming at our Spaghetti Fundraiser, help us educate citizens at the BGSU Eco Fair and UT’s Earth Fest, and more! Help us encourage responsible fishing this walleye season by adopting or sponsoring a fishing line recycling bin. We are always looking for volunteers to help us in our mission of clean, clear, and safe water in our community. So, make a clear choice for clean water: make a pledge on the re-launched C3W website and volunteer with PCS this Earth Day!


volunteers2017As we gear up for a busy April with several Earth Day events, we want to take time to thank our volunteers throughout the year who make all of our programs possible. In 2017, we had almost 1,300 volunteers who helped make our waterways cleaner, clearer, and safer. We appreciate your efforts and dedication to improving our water resources so citizens in Northwest Ohio can continue to enjoy them. This year, National Volunteer Week and Earth Day fall in the same week (April16-22nd), so you can double your impact by volunteering with us during this time! For Earth month, we have several ways that you can get involved with PCS and help us to support healthy waters and healthy communities.


  • Spaghetti Fundraiser: On Saturday, April 14th from 5-7 pm, PCS will be hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at Friendship Park Community Center in Point Place (2930 131st St. Toledo, OH 43611). We will be celebrating Lake Erie with a presentation by Dr. Patrick Lawrence from the University of Toledo. Tickets for this event are $15 and can be purchased at the door. If you want a quality meal while learning about water quality in our region, be sure to register with PCS President Terry Shankland at (419) 255-2956. No RSVP is needed but it would help us prepare enough food!
  • Go Green with us: We have several opportunities for those wanting to do something positive for the planet this month. Be part of our Green Team at the Glass City Marathon. Kick off Earth Week with us at Bowling Green State University as part of their Eco Fair on April 18th from 11-2pm. Help us spread education and awareness on marine debris at the University of Toledo’s Earth Fest on April 24th from 10-2pm.   Plan your own Clean Your Stream 365 program and help us to clean up our creeks, streams, and rivers after the winter defrost.
  • Give Green to us: As a small, local, non-profit organization, we rely on our sponsors and donors to help support our mission of clean, clear, and safe water. If you are unable to volunteer with us, but still want to make an impact for Earth Day, please consider a monetary donation towards one of our many programs and events. There are several options for donating:
    • Send a check to Partners for Clean Streams – P.O. Box 203 Perrysburg, OH 43552
    • Use our secure PayPal account
    • Consider becoming a Stream Supporter with a tax-deductible, monthly donation
      • For the cost of one cup of coffee per month, you can make a big annual impact on local water quality

GCMWe are still seeking volunteers to help with our Mercy Health Glass City Marathon “Green Team”. This will be our third year partnering with the Toledo Roadrunners as we strive for a more sustainable marathon.   Our role at the marathon will be diverting all the recyclable materials we can. Last year, we recycled 800 pounds of glass, 1800 pounds of cardboard, 40 pounds of plastic overwrap, 50 pounds of plastic cups and bottles, and Terracycled® 25 pounds of Gu packs. We want to increase our efforts again this year! PCS will be at the expo on Friday to provide educational materials about our programs and preventing marine debris. We need help on Saturday and Sunday with our recycling efforts. If you are interested in going green with us for Earth Day, please contact PCS through our website or call our office at (419) 874-0727. We have three shifts available for volunteers:

  • Saturday 4/21: 8:00-11:30am
  • Sunday 4/22: 8:30-12:00pm
  • Sunday 4/22: 12:00-3:00pm

PD18On Sunday, March 18th, PCS hosted the 16th Annual Partnering for Clean Streams Youth Patch Day Workshop and it was a huge success! We had 51 kids who came out to the new location at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center in Oregon. The warm, sunny day and panoramic view of Lake Erie enhanced the six hands-on water quality activities our presenters prepared for the participants. This year, we had six presenters: Andrea Beard with the City of Oregon, Richard Kroeger with the Ohio EPA, Cheryl Rice with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jamie Kochensparger with Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District, Marilyn DuFour with the City of Toledo Environmental Services, and Rachel Lohner and two UT graduate students from the Lake Erie Center. Parents of the patch-earners commented that the kids had a great time, learned a lot about water quality, and hope to be back next year. We hope so too as this is a great program to get younger students engaged in making clear choices for clean water. We want to thank all the kids who are Clean Water Superheroes and all of our presenters who helped make this program possible!

Currents April 2018

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