Currents October 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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You continue to astound us. The pandemic may have whittled the number of volunteers for this event but the impacts made were still enormous. So far, our Clean Swell tally shows that together we removed 1,693.06 pounds of marine debris from our waterways; but wait, there’s more! We are still processing the written data cards but the complete results are coming soon! We’ll share the complete impact on our social media soon. A deep thank you to every one of the 325 volunteers that showed up on September 26th or participated virtually from September 20th- 26th. You truly made a positive impact on our waterways for our communities and wildlife.

Just a few of the interesting finds included: plastic fingers, a toilet, a cigarette butt disposal stand, grill cover, and a wine bottle with a balloon attached.

If you did not receive a shirt and other appreciation goodies, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our grant funders and donors made it possible, even this year, to have another great Clean Your Streams program, in a 2020-way. Join us next year for the 25th anniversary of Clean Your Streams Day!

PCS Annual General Meeting

Reflect on the successes of an unprecedented year and vote for the 2021 Board of Directors. This year, like most events, will be held virtual on Zoom from 6 pm – 8 pm on November 17th. We will have a chance to socialize (you bring your favorite beverage!) in small breakouts, recognize our Partner award winner, and hold elections. Consider making your annual donation or joining as a member this evening too. Check our website, calendar, and social media for more information.


We are excited to showcase the Virtual Conservation Week for the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District. There will be videos, trivia, photo contest, and more! Plus, our Executive Director, Kris, will also be making an appearance during that week to talk about water quality! Mark your calendar for October 25th-31st and follow Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LucasSWCD.

Leaf it Be

Fall brings out extraordinary colors in our trees. Hues of reds, yellows, and orangey foliage grace the sky, our yards, and storm drains! Storm drains are an important part of redirecting excess water so our neighborhoods do not flood. This is why it is important that our neighbors know that leaves in storm drains impact our water quality and water flow. During this season it is More than ever it is important to let your neighbors know the impacts of leaves and other yard debris have on our water quality! 

The storm drains in our neighborhood lead straight into our waterways without any treatment. This means anything but pure rainwater is a potential contaminant that negatively impacts water quality, as stormwater runoff often carries nutrients, sediment, and E. coli with it—that includes leaves! Plus, leaves in the storm drain clog our drains and can cause unnecessary flooding and harm to our city’s pipes. Storm Drain Marking is an easy process to notify our neighbors that what goes into the storm drains comes out in our waterways untreated.

We are in the final months of this program this year. Once winter hits Storm Drain Marking will go into hibernation until spring 2021--when the weather permits us to be able to either spray paint a stencil or glue a medallion to our storm drains. Click here to register for a Storm Drain Marking. We will supply all of the equipment; all we need from you is a location and your waivers. Click here to start getting the supplies.

Currents: October 2020

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Bob Neubert

President of the Board
Lucas Co. Engineers

Andrew Curran
Vice President
Assistant Scout Executive,
Boy Scouts of America

Joan King
First Solar

Kyle Spicer
Private Citizen

Denise Fonner
Board Member
Private Citizen

Chris Smalley
Board Member
Park Services Supervisor
Metroparks of the Toledo Area

Bill Hoefflin
Board Member
Private Citizen

Bill Buri
Board Member
Pexco Packaging


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