Currents | August 2023

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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August 2023

A banner image or the 27th Annual Clean Your Streams featuring a river logo design and photos of volunteers from past CYS.Join Northwest Ohio’s largest watershed clean-up, now in its 27th year. Register here for one of seven kickoff locations or our clean-on-your-own Remote Kickoff week. Learn more about our updated challenge competitions, from photo challenges like “Best Before and After” and “Strangest Find,” to our challenges for youth and collegiate groups. Make a lasting impact on your community’s waterways and have fun along the way!

Like past years, volunteers will choose a kickoff when they register. There are seven kickoffs spread throughout our region to choose from on Clean Your Streams Day, with many river, creek, and ditch sites in-need in each kickoff region.

This year, we’re bringing back our week-long, clean-on-your-own Remote Kickoff leading up to Clean Your Streams Day. After you register for the Remote Kickoff, choose a public waterway site where you’ll pick up trash, and use the Clean Swell app to record what you remove. Complete your clean-up any time from Saturday, September 23 through Saturday, September 30.

Want to step up your water stewardship? After you register for Clean Your Streams, sign up for site captain training. Site captains are critical volunteers who coordinate groups for safety, to collect high-quality citizen science data, and make our program as impactful as possible. If you’re planning to bring a group with ten or more members, one volunteer is required to attend site captain training, but we recommend the training for leaders of groups of any size.

If you have any questions about registration or Clean Your Streams Day, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at (419) 874-0727.

Get the Lead Out volunteers post on Blue Grass Island during a clean-up in July 2023.Sign up to Get the Lead Out and help make our shores safer for wildlife and more welcoming for recreation.

GLO is our marine debris removal program targeting tangled line, lead sinkers, lures, and other fishing trash that could harm wildlife in the Maumee River. Weather and water-levels permitting, join us for one of these family-friendly clean-ups.

Sunday August 6, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Clean Your Streams 365 – Middlegrounds Metropark
Help keep the Maumee River clean, clear, and safe in this marine debris clean-up. Learn more and register:

Thursday, August 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Get the Lead Out – Blue Grass Island
Remove fishing debris including lead sinkers, broken line, and lures, from the Maumee River. Learn more and register:

Sunday, August 27, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Get the Lead Out – Maumee Towpath
Remove fishing debris including lead sinkers, broken line, and lures, from the Maumee River. Learn more and register: 

Fishing line collected by volunteers during GLO is cleaned and recycled as much as possible.

Keep in mind that GLO is water-level dependent, since fishing line is often tangled in exposed roots and rocks, so we may need to move locations or cancel a session if an area is inaccessible due to high water. We’ve already relocated a couple programs this season due to high water on the Maumee. The best reason to register ahead of time is that we’ll be sure to send you an email 24-hours advanced warning if one of our programs needs to be relocated or cancelled. We’ll also post an update on our social media.

Lake Erie Starts Here updated logo for 2023 featuring a storm drain, lighthouse, and rising sun over Lake Erie.This month, we’re highlighting how marine debris travels through stormwater, creeks, and ditches, and how we can all help stem the tide. After all, since it’s a human-caused problem, that means the solutions are human-powered.

Marine debris, or waterway trash, is an ongoing issue locally and around the world. One study from the University of Rochester calculated that 22 million pounds of plastic debris potentially enter the Great Lakes every year.

At any size, from tiny plastic pellets to illegally dumped cars, marine debris poses a threat to the health of humans and wildlife. Microplastic pieces are often ingested by fish and birds. When this happens, plastic can accumulate in their stomachs, causing significant problems and potentially death. Entanglement in plastic debris is another marine debris-related wildlife mortality cause. Fishing nets, fishing lines, synthetic ropes, and plastic packaging can all act as traps for unwary aquatic life.

Like other pollutants, marine debris can hitch a ride through storm drains, ditches, and creeks. Trash travels! From tributary waterways, marine debris enters larger waterways like Swan Creek, the Ottawa River and the Maumee River. While many groups are working hard to educate and prevent marine debris, the process begins with you. There are everyday step you can take to reduce your odds of contributing to marine debris.

Check out Lake Erie Starts Here’s marine debris page for more on marine debris’ causes and its human-powered solutions!

A selection from the 26th Annual Clean Your Streams group photo featuring the sponsorship acknowledgement banner.Sponsoring Clean Your Streams allows local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to demonstrate commitment and leadership towards clean, clear, and safe water. Learn more about CYS sponsorship recognition and benefits.

Sponsorship allows Partners for Clean Streams to continue our ongoing programs, as well as to prepare for growth. Sponsorship supports Clean Your Streams planning and execution: funding staffing and planning meetings, providing clean-up supplies from trash bags to grabbers, and funding promotion and education through mailings and social media. Sponsorship also supports Clean Your Streams Day volunteer appreciation and education. PCS provides an appreciation picnic for volunteers, and allows our staff time to distribute educational materials on topics like storm water pollution, the impacts of marine debris, and tips for using water sustainably in everyday life.

Depending on sponsorship level, Clean Your Streams sponsors may receive:

• Logo recognition on all program advertising (100s of posters, flyers, and digital materials) and appreciation material, including more than 500 Clean Your Streams t-shirts proudly worn by volunteers throughout the community year-round, as well as printed logo recognition on PCS posters and banners.
• Logo recognition on PCS’s homepage and program-specific website and growing Facebook and Twitter following.
• Logo recognition at the annual meeting and in PCS’s award-winning annual report.

For more information on sponsorship, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our office at 419-874-0727.

Thank you to this year’s current 27th Annual Clean Your Streams sponsors. We will continue to update our sponsorship recognition page throughout August and September.

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