Currents December 2019

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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Maumee River with #GT Logo#GivingTuesday is TODAY and Partners for Clean Streams is excited to remind everyone that we are participating! #GivingTuesday is a global movement to give back to charities that help make communities better places to live, work, and play. In our case, donations made during #GivingTuesday will help us to better support our many waterways through educational outreach, year-round water quality programs, program materials, and more.

This year, the event falls on December 3rd (TODAY) and there are several ways to donate;

  • Mail a check to Partners for Clean Streams (P.O. Box 203, Perrysburg, OH 43552) dated December 3rd with #GivingTuesday in the memo line,
  • Donate online through our secure PayPal account on December 3rd, or
  • Donate through our Facebook Fundraiser. Donations made through Facebook on December 3rd may be eligible for Facebook’s match program; see program details here. This opportunity is on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 7 million dollars raised today, so donate early!

We will also be entered to win a $5,000 charitable grant through the Greater Toledo Community Foundation. Please, give water a hand on December 3rd and donate to Partners for Clean Streams on #GivingTuesdayNWO.

ZooTeens Group at CYS232019 proved to be another great year at Partners for Clean Streams! There have been more highs (high water actually) than lows and much accomplished towards clean, clear, and safe water. Very wet weather and high water levels in the spring/summer meant that a lot of our regularly scheduled river/stream cleanup programs were cancelled (due to safety and access concerns), but our volunteers still got out and did great work when water levels subsided.

The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon green team helped to recycle 1,500 pounds of cardboard and 20 pounds of Gu Packs during Marathon activities; great job everyone! Our storm drain marking effort was furthered by the Ottawa Hills School Environmental Club. Club members marked 27 storm drains in the neighborhood surrounding Ottawa Hills schools. The Toledo ZooTeens led the charge for Get the Lead Out this summer. In one evening, ZooTeens and other community members removed 28 pounds of lead, lines, and lures, and 55 pounds of trash from the banks of the Maumee River. Fifteen Clean Your Streams 365 (CYS365) events were held this year. In total, CYS365 participants cleaned eight miles of local waterways; removing 2,703 pounds of trash! Our canoe paddlers got out for two events as well, and removed 398 pounds of trash from two Maumee River islands. Finally, Clean Your Streams 23 was another successful event, with over 900 volunteers removing 18,455 pounds of trash from our watershed in just a few hours.  Are you keeping track? That is approximately 21,640 pounds of trash removed from our waterways across 19 events by just about 1,100 volunteers! What a busy year. Way to go, PCS volunteers!

PCS and our partners and volunteers also participated in a suite of public education/outreach programs. During Patch Day 2019, 59 youth earned scouting patches while learning about various aspects of our waterways, including local wildlife and the effects of pollution in our waterways. PCS also participated in Canoemobile, a new event facilitated by TMACOG, during which 200+ individuals had a chance to paddle the Maumee on a 24-ft canoe and learn about how to care for water resources. To wrap up the summer, 45 individuals were treated to a scenic and informative tour of the Lower Maumee River when they boarded the Sandpiper for the 5th Annual Water Quality Boat Cruise. We are excited to continue this type of programming in 2020!

Please make sure to stay tuned for continued opportunities to volunteer and participate in 2020!

Picture3We are so excited to announce that we are receiving an operating support grant from the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation. For a non-profit, especially a small one, an operating support grant provides flexibility, new opportunities, and a strong base that are so important to longevity and growth. For us, this gives us confidence that we can continue great stream cleanup and education programs. Operating support funds also provide flexibility that if other funds, that are more rigid or limited, support only particular programs or portions of programs. With this capacity grant, we’ll still have funds to fill in gaps with or grow programs beyond what we might have been able to provide for next year. This grant demonstrates support for our important mission & programs and the trust placed in us to decide meaningful and impactful ways to use the support. If you feel so moved, make an end of the year unrestricted gift (or kick off the new year) to boost what the Foundation is providing for 2020. Watch for more news as we move into 2020 and plan to join us for a stream cleanup or kids’ program!

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