Currents June 2020

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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Save the Date CYS 24 4 1Join us in celebrating the 24th year of Clean Your Streams Day and participate in a Northwest Ohio stream cleanup tradition! Over the course of the last 23 years, 13,976 volunteers have taken ownership of their waterways and made a difference in their community by cleaning up designated stream sites each Clean Your Streams Day. Mark your calendars for September 26, 2020, and be sure to follow our social media accounts for more details or any changes to adapt to COVID-19. For information on this event and past events click here

RainbarrelsCalling all home gardeners and environmental enthusiasts! If you were considering purchasing a rain barrel or compost bin through the opportunity we announced in April, but time got away from you, please read on! Due to Covid-19 precautions, the order and pick-up dates have been extended from May to July.

Aside from the date change, all other details pertaining to product ordering and pick-up remain the same. Orders can be made at this link through July 17th. Orders will be available for pick up on Saturday, July 25th, from 10 am-12 pm in the parking lot of the Ottawa Hills Elementary School (3602 Indian Rd., Ottawa Hills OH, 43606). If anything changes regarding this new schedule, we will post updated information on our @PCSMaumee social media channels.


Recycling can sometimes feel underwhelming; simply putting a bottle or cardboard box does not feel like a huge step to help our environment and our waterways. It’s hard to remember the huge impacts recycling has. Every item that you recycle is one less in a mountain of trash, one happier fish that isn’t caught in a bottle. Here is a list of information from our partners at Keeping Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful that can make your impact so much greater: Recycler's List 

 Bonus! more recycling/reusing tips:

  • Textiles that are unable to be donated because they look (or maybe had) like a dog chew them – Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Easter Seals still take these items and are starting to re-open
  • Envelopes with plastic windows – those are okay to put into the paper recycling
  • Plastic bags (grocery, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, wraps, and other stretchy plastics) – grocery stores will take these (except during COVID19); usually, the bins are set up at the front of the store

Becoming a Member of PCS 5The sky is blue, the wind is blowing through the trees, summertime is in the air, and there is litter on the ground...wait, gross. On your walks and family-outings, we encourage you to do mini clean-ups to help keep our waterways beautiful all summer long. We have long partnered with the Ocean Conservancy and we are now featured partners on their Clean Swell App! This paperless tracker is very easy to navigate. It resembles our data cards, but instead of tallying data on pen/paper, you simply tap the icon of trash you are picking up. Plus, there are cute badges to earn for each clean-up that turns colorful once you have completed a clean-up. Any time you use the app in our region you will be directly contributing to the database that helps our local governments make decisions and see trash trends! 

Currents: June 2020

Your donation, no matter how small, can make a huge difference in the long run. Every penny goes a long way in protecting your water.

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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