Currents September 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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Copy of Pop Art Illustration PostcardSeptember 26th is almost here! Registration for Clean Your Streams 24 is now officially open. Register online here. It has been a crazy time getting ready for CYS 24 and your safety has been at the forefront of our minds as we went through the planning stages. That is why we decided to have a detailed discussion of our clean-up protocols and our safety guidelines with the Lucas County Health Department. With that “green” light, we are excited to bring more options and flexibility this year by providing both a small-group cleanup option and a “virtual” option. 



  • Masks on when 6 feet or closer to non-family members & our leadership will always have them on
  • Back up masks available if you forget your own
  • Check-in is brief and staggered for each small group (15ish minutes) – by assigning sites, we get your group spread out to its own location in need of a stream cleanup
  • Small groups receive pre-prepared kits of cleaning supplies, site assignments, explanation of data card, and brief safety talk
  • Most Kickoffs will be outside but if not, we will interact with small groups inside only briefly (with masks on) – site captains (or 1 adult from a family) may come in while others wait outside or in cars
  • Returning supplies will be similar - staggered quick drop-offs and pre-bundled "grab & go" goodies
  • Unfortunately, no picnic this year but we will still have options for Challenge competitions and of course, our usual t-shirts

Utilizing the Clean Swell app, we are offering a “virtual” option for CYS 24. Here you can sign up for a CYS 24 but instead of going to a Kickoff to check-in, you can go out in your own comfort and do a self-directed clean-up the week before Sept 26th (or join in on the 26th too)! We will still receive the important data on the back end when you use the group name of CYS 24 - Insert Your Group or Family name (i.e. CYS 24- PCS Team). And you are still part of the annual tradition.

We are looking forward to helping our waterways this CYS 24 and hope you join us and all of the community members dedicated to helping our waterways this September 26. Register now here! If you have any questions about the socially-distance and other safety precautions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


August was full of small groups getting the lead out of our waterways. Our local wildlife and our communities are now safer thanks to the 15 volunteers who walked along the river to remove some of the man-made threats to wildlife: lead sinkers, fishing line, and sharp hooks. Every April we see anglers gather along the banks and wading into the springtime waters of the Maumee to have a catch at catching walleye and white bass. If you have been here a while you know that this is called the walleye run. As you can imagine, with all of the anglers casting their lines in the river, there are bound to be a fishing line, lures, or hook or two left behind or left tangled in the brush.

To reduce these impacts volunteers came out to popular fishing spots to pick up the fishing lines, hooks, and lures that were left behind. From July through August we hosted 7 sessions focused mostly on Side Cut Metropark and Buttonwood- some of the most popular spots for the walleye run. One of these exciting sessions was sponsored by the Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. All together our amazing volunteers untangled over 373.15yards of fishing line from the shorelines of the Maumee River. This effort prevents wildlife entanglement, our water health, and protects our community.

April Showers

Plastic touches many parts of our lives. Grocery shopping, doing laundry, and our trusted personnel protective equipment. It can be hard to make changes to our daily activities - especially since plastics can be in everyday products. There are two types of impacts plastics can have on our waters.

The first being a direct impact. This is an impact that can be traced back to plastic with little science involved. Studies have shown that pieces of plastic can be found in fish, birds, and other marine wildlife. This can have severe harm to the animal’s digestive tract and even cause death. Indirect impacts are secretive and take a little bit more time to deduce the cause. Plastic pollutants such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) or microplastics in micro-scrubbers cause unknown damages to our waterway’s quality and wildlife.

While the unknown seems, scary there are small steps we can take to reduce the plastic we use. Reducing, reusing, and recycling are all effective efforts to reduce marine debris. Check out these great resources from NOAA to reduce your marine debris impacts.  

While the unknown seems, scary there are small steps we can take to reduce the plastic we use. Reducing, reusing, and recycling are all effective efforts to reduce marine debris. Check out these great resources from NOAA to reduce your marine debris impacts. 

At home resource 

At the Store resource

As always, conducting a CYS 365 is another great way to reduce direct plastic impacts. Check out how to do one safely here: CYS 365


Northwest Ohio Community Shares is a Northwest Ohio’s workplace giving federation. They help raise money for nonprofit organizations that focus on animal rights, the environment, education, the arts, health, human services, social justice, and equality. We have been a member for many years (ask if your employer participates in this easy employee giving program). Throughout the summer they have been showcasing the extraordinary nonprofits in the region. We are excited to be featured on their website along with other outstanding organizations. Check out our, and other, featured organizations here: NOCS

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