Currents | February 2024

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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Community Water Action in Toledo Promotional ImageThroughout the year, Partners for Clean Streams is proud to offer different programs that are focused on continuing our mission to strive for clean, clear and safe waters. We’re here to help cure that cabin fever by giving you some exciting programs to look forward to later in the coming months!

CYS Day - Over five hundred volunteers armed with gloves and bags remove tons of trash from dozens of local stream banks. All trash is reported as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. After a morning of removing trash from stream banks, road sides, parking lots and parks, volunteers celebrate clean water with an Appreciation Picnic.

CYS 365 - Volunteers can do their own river cleanup, on their own time, in their favorite location. This helps reduce trash buildup throughout the year. All supplies and maps are provided.

Storm Drain Marking - As part of the Give Water a Hand Campaign, we connect municipalities, citizens and volunteers by reminding citizens to keep pollution out of storm drains. Volunteers mark storm drains and pass out educational flyers in neighborhoods.

Get the Lead Out - Volunteers remove potentially harmful derelict fishing line, lead, lures and trash that have accumulated in and along the Maumee River after the spring fish runs. There are many public and private group outings and flexible scheduling in June – October, as water levels allow.

Reel in and Recycle - By working together, anglers, property owners, & volunteers reduce fishing line in our rivers. Anglers deposit their line in the Recycling Bins at fishing hot spots, Bass Pro, or Maumee Tackle while volunteers monitor and recycle the line.

Coming soon this year is our new program Community Water Action in Toledo (CWAT)! Be on the lookout for future information and details on how to get involved.

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