November 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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CYS24 Top10ItemsWe have compiled all the data cards and tabulated exactly how much trash and debris 431 volunteers were removed from the waterways. This year, over 10 days, there were nearly 90 clean-up sites along riverbanks and one canoe crew. These volunteers worked hard to gather 339 bags of trash equaling 16,597 pounds including 116 tires! A total of  33,888 items were picked up. The top ten items found this year were: food wrappers (4,654), plastic pieces (3,575), cigarette butts (2,887), plastic beverage bottles (2,825), grocery bags (2,445), foam pieces (2,398), beverage cans (1,676), other plastic bags (1,306), other plastic/foam packaging (1,075), and glass pieces (979).

The data cards and tallies in the Clean Swell App help us to track trends and changes in what is being found in our community. This information is submitted to the International Coastal Conservancy database and local municipalities. The goal is to be able to affect policy and public change on a local, regional, national, and international scale to help reduce specifically what is being found in our waterways.

Single-use plastics are widely used and inadvertently end up as litter in the streams; as evidenced by all the plastic material removed through Clean Your Streams with 45% of items removed being plastic. All of our volunteers did an amazing job at reducing the amount of trash in nearby streams and rivers and we hope seeing this impact first-hand will reduce the need for Clean Your Streams programs in the future. Clean Your Streams is one way in which we can conserve and protect our water bodies for the future. Thanks again to all of our volunteers, planning committee members, and sponsors for making this weeklong program a success!

AGMNovemberThe Annual General Meeting is going to be held on Zoom this year. You are encouraged to bring your own beverage and appetizer. There will be breakout sessions for you to talk to each other more easily. All Challenge Awards winners from Clean Your Streams Day, PCS partners, and Board Members are invited for discussion, slideshow presentation, and an Awards Ceremony. We will review the programs from the past year and present a summary of our work throughout 2020. We will recognize a Clean Streams Partner and our Challenge Award winners from Clean Your Streams Day! There will also be a Board Election so if you are interested in serving on the Board, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We look forward to this annual event to share what we do and to acknowledge the partners that make our work possible. You can RSVP here. We will email the login information to those that RSVP to the Zoom meeting closer to the 17th. We will also have the login information on PCS's calendar closer to the Annual General Meeting as well.

MDNovemberPerry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, located in Put-in-Bay, is a celebration of peace between the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States after the War of 1812. Though, most Ohioans know Put-in-Bay for the tourism and recreation aspect. As a popular getaway, it attracts thousands of people aiming to relax and unwind on Lake Erie during the summer months. With many people on a small island, not to mention all the tourists on the mainland enjoying the beach, debris is bound to fly into Lake Erie on a blustery day, fall off a boat, or get dropped by a distracted sight-seer. A new partnership between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service aims to mitigate the marine debris at Put-in-Bay. This exciting new partnership was supported by the Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab, and Plastic Free Put-in-Bay. Read more about this opportunity on the NOAA Marine Debris Blog here and be sure to follow @PlasticFreePIB and @OhioSeaGrant on Twitter and Facebook for updates on this unique program.  

GiveNovemberSuccess and heartbreak have been the themes of 2020 for us. We have had the success of Clean Your Streams Day, Get the Lead Out, Clean Your Streams 365 program, and a fishing line recycling program. We have been fortunate to have an adaptable team, planning teams, board members, and volunteers during 2020. They have been instrumental in our success in 2020 and we have been grateful to be able to provide safe experiences.

Though, at the heart of Partners for Clean Streams, we are a community-based nonprofit. We see and feel all of the agony 2020 has caused in our communities. As a way to come together, while we’re apart this year, we are asking those that can give to help support your streams. We pride ourselves on being a sustainable organization and being resourceful is one of our great qualities, so as little as $10 goes a very long way for us. That money can be used for gloves that will last many Clean Your Streams Programs, $25 will provide grabbers that will be used for years to keep our volunteers safe, $50 will provide supplies for the Storm Drain Marking program. Click here to make an impact that will last years:

We also have various membership levels available. Members of PCS will receive access to a monthly e-newsletter, one vote on issues at the Annual General Meeting, ownership in protecting streams for generations to come, and furthering programs to benefit our communities. Click here to become a member to protect our streams:

If you are planning to donate or becoming a member, we recommended donating on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. On this day only, we will be eligible for a $5,000 charitable grant through Toledo Community Foundation, a local nonprofit resource center.

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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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Vice President
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Board Member
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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