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PCS would like to thank our 1,110+ volunteers who came out on Saturday 9/22 for the 22nd Annual Clean Your Streams Day!  We are grateful for our volunteers, donors, supporters, and planning team members who made this program a success.  It is encouraging to see so many citizens donate their time and labor to work towards improved water quality in our community.  The amount of marine debris removed from cleanup sites is staggering!  We are busy working to tally the total amount of trash, but so far, this has been a record-breaking year for Clean Your Streams.  Check back in with us soon for stats, sites, and stories from the day.  We thank you and the waterways thank you, too!



See some of our favorite pictures from the day!

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Thanks to all our passengers and presenters for a fabulous 4th annual Water Quality Cruise!  Our six water quality expert presenters included: Jamie Kochensparger with Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District, Andrew McClure with the City of Toledo - Division of Water Treatment, Joe Cappel with Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Dr. Tom Bridgeman with UT's Lake Erie Center, Cheryl Rice with Natural Resources Conservation Service Ohio, and Kris Patterson with Partners for Clean Streams.  Captain Paul led us on tour of the Mighty Maumee through downtown Toledo aboard the Sandpiper.  13abc and WTOL covered the event and captured the progress that has been made through partnerships with these presenters and more to improve water quality and ensure Toledoans are never again without clean, clear, and safe drinking water.  

barbie2Barbie Kalta is our new intern for the summer!  She will be a senior at BGSU majoring in Environmental Science, with a focus on Watershed Managment.  She sought out the internship opportunity at PCS to get experience with planning, communication, and education in the environmental field.  She previously interned at Solon Wastewater Treatment plant which gave her valuable knowledge about water treatment.  She will be helping us plan and prepare for Clean Your Streams Day as well as our summer programs and events including Get the Lead Out, CYS 365, and our Maumee River boat cruise.  Barbie enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and anything outdoors!  We hope she enjoys working at PCS and learning more about how our role in the Northwest Ohio water quality.  

What a wonderful summer we had getting the lead, line, and lures out of the Maumee River!  Big thank you to all of our volunteers who gave their time and energy to improve local water quality.  We are especially grateful to our friends at the Toledo Zoo (ZooTeens), Fallen Timbers - Trout Unlimited, Natural Science Technology Center, Toledo Metroparks volunteers, Pack 167, and our fellow fish fin-atics who worked to improve the condition of our waterways and remove what was left behind during the Walleye Run this spring.  This summer, we were able to facilitate six Get the Lead Outs along the Maumee River, with cleanups at Side Cut Metropark and Orleans Park in Perrysburg.  We had almost 200 volunteers who covered 3.5 river miles and removed close to 30 pounds of fishing gear.  Along with the lead and line, volunteers removed 445 pounds of trash from these locations.  Their hard work makes the waterways in Northwest Ohio safer for fish and wildlife who support successful Walleye and White Bass runs for anglers in the spring. We are so inspired by the amount of people who came out and showed they really care about clean, clear, and safe water.  Thanks guys and hope to see you next summer!




earth dayThis month, we will be busy celebrating Earth Day through various events in the community.  We will be kicking off this special month with a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in Point Place at Friendship Park Community Center on Saturday 4/14.  On Wednesday 4/18, we will be at BGSU for their annual EcoFair at Memorial Hall from 11-2.  Earth Day weekend, we will be doing our part for the planet as the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon's "Green Team."  PCS will be set up at the Expo on Friday and Saturday and down in Lot 10 to help facilitate all the race's recycling needs on Saturday and Sunday.  If you are still wondering how you can be a little greener this Earth Day, come to UT and volunteer to be part of the "Green Team" with us!  On Monday 4/23, PCS will be giving a presentation on plastic pollution and its adverse impact on our waterways at Way Public Library in Perrysburg at 7pm.  We are wrapping up Earth Month on Tuesday 4/24 with an outreach event at the University of Toledo from 10-2 during Earth Fest.  There are so many opportunities to learn more about the environment and help sustain the planet that sustains us.  Come out and see us during April and learn more about PCS and how we support Mother Earth!

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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