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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Kris Patterson, Executive DirectorKris has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Analysis from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Miami University of Ohio. She has been the Executive Director since shortly after PCS was founded in 2007. Previously, she was the Watershed Coordinator for the Duck and Otter Creeks Partnership, another non-profit watershed group in the Maumee Area of Concern. She was also on the Maumee RAP Committee, when it was under the TMACOG umbrella, for over 10 years.

Kris has long loved the outdoors, nature, and animals. While moving around the world as a military “brat,” she has many important childhood memories centered around being outside, whether exploring on the beach (her personal preference!), in the woods, in the neighborhood stream, or just playing outside until the street lights came on. She also learned the importance of clear, clean, and safe water from a young age, while living in Turkey where even the water that came out of the tap was rust-colored, funny smelling, and not very potable. Kris remembers her mother working long hours, through multiple tedious steps, to make the water safer to drink – a privilege that most Americans take for granted today.

Kris has now put down deep roots here in Northwest Ohio where she has lived for more than 13 years (far longer than anywhere else in the world!). She and her husband, Brian, have settled in Perrysburg with their two kids – who are also growing up to love our natural world and play outside until the lights come on!

Watershed Coordinator_A KovachAmanda Kovach is an Ohio transplant who is very excited to be working with PCS in the position of Watershed Coordinator. She originally comes from Texas, where she received a Bachelor’s in biology from the University of North Texas (UNT). Her familiarity with Ohio began during her time at Miami University of Ohio, where she received a Master’s in Zoology (emphasis on aquatic toxicology and ecology). She has previously worked as an environmental consultant and a high school science teacher. 

Amanda and her family spend most of their free time outdoors; generally paddling, hiking, or fishing around Lake Erie and it’s watershed. Her passion and appreciation for all things aquatic began early in life when she wanted to be a SCUBA diver more than anything. This goal was accomplished in conjunction with her first experiences working in an aquatic sciences lab at UNT. Since then, the majority of her career has focused on understanding and advocating for the remediation and restoration of compromised aquatic habitats. Amanda is excited to help restore Lake Erie and its surrounding watershed, and to help influence the next generation of environmental stewards.

Jamie ForbushJamie Forbush is a Toledo native and graduated from the University of Toledo in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and a minor in Geology. Her hobbies include taking care of plants and animals, reading, and a weird quirk of loving to organize. She has worked and volunteered for multiple non-profit agencies in education positions with missions for the conservation of the rapidly disappearing natural areas.

Jamie has always been interested in wildlife, but her passion really took off in high school when her grandfather took her to volunteer at a local wildlife rehabilitation center. She saw animals arrive day after day with injuries of all types due to human negligence; trash stuck around their heads, fishing line wrapped around wings, feet, beaks and necks or swallowed hooks; and so many awful things that people do, intentionally or unintentionally, with many of the injuries being caused by marine debris. Seeing the amount of that harm animals and the environment are going through caused a passion in Jamie for educating people about how their actions can have everlasting repercussions.

Her personal mission is to take the rose-colored glasses off as many people as possible by teaching simple tips that can be added to daily routines, and hope from there that people begin to choose to do more when they see the benefits of helping the earth heal. As the Program Coordinator at PCS, Jamie is looking forward to doing as much as possible to further the mission of everyone having clean, clear and safe water.

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