Clean Your Streams Day

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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Clean Your Streams

Clean Your Streams Day


CYSBe a part of the Northwest Ohio tradition to remove marine debris from our rivers, streams, and lakes! Clean Your Streams Day (CYS) provides a positive impact on the environment and in our community. For three hours on one day in September, hundreds of volunteers join forces to remove marine debris from over 30 miles of waterways in the greater Toledo area. Volunteers gather at one of several kickoff locations throughout the region, then travel to an assigned waterway site to clean up. Volunteers of all ages remove and record data on what they find. Partners for Clean Streams later sends this data to the Ocean Conservancy for inclusion in International Coastal Cleanup records. Many groups, such as youth volunteer groups, businesses, church groups, and environmental organizations participate in friendly CYS group challenges. 

Explore our photo gallery from the 25th Annual Clean Your Streams to see volunteers having fun and making a difference!

CYS Day is held every September. If you would like to hold a clean-up at any other time of the year, check out our sister program CYS 365, a year-round effort to keep our waterways clean, clear, and safe.   

Help Support Clean Streams!

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