Currents | May 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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PartnershipWe’re pleased to announce the return of our partner paddle clean-ups this year with the Wood County Park District and Metroparks Toledo. Experience a Clean Your Streams 365 program from a new point of view – on the water instead of beside it!

This month, the Wood County Park District is partnering with us to offer a paddle clean-up. On May 17, we’ll depart from the shore of Otsego Park to visit the beautiful Hedges Island and work to remove island trash brought in by early spring flood waters. All participants must register through the Park District volunteer portal.

Also partnering with us, Metroparks Toledo is offering three public paddle clean-ups this summer: June 15 beginning at the Erie Street Market Boast launch on Swan Creek, July 18 at Delaware Island in the Maumee River, and September 7 at Granger Island in the Maumee River. For more details and to register, use the Metroparks’ volunteer portal. All participants must pre-register for these programs.

For all the clean-ups listed above, the coordinating organizations will provide kayaks or canoes and all clean-up supplies, although participants also have the option to bring their own boat. If you have any questions about joining one of these paddle clean-ups or want advice planning a paddle clean-up of your own, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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