Get the Lead Out

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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Get the Lead Out (GLO)

Ready, set, GLO! Get the Lead Out (GLO) is designed to remove discarded fishing line, lead lures, and marine debris that gets left behind after the spring fishing runs in the Maumee River. Fishing line is made of plastic which doesn't degrade for over 600 years. It can entangle fish and wildlife, detract from the beauty of the river, and hurt people. We provide all the cleanup supplies, safety instructions, and the cleanup site. In a good year, we typically host 6 sessions throughout the summer; though this program is dependent on weather conditions and water levels.

Groups can register with PCS or wait to see our upcoming GLO on our Calendar of Events. Get the Lead Out is perfect for organizations working for community service hours or groups empowered to have clean clear safe water. This program is recommended for people of all ages but supervision is required for anyone under 13 due to the location and nature of materials being collected (i.e. hooks, entangled line, etc.). Sign up your group and jump into action to Get the Lead Out!

Your safety is, as always, our priority. We've updated some of our programs to maximize your safety during this time check them out here.

Get out and help us Get the Lead Out!

We are proud partners with Berkley Conservation Insititute. After our volunteers and staff collect the fishing line, we clean and untangle the line. We then send it to our partners at Berkley Conservation Insititute who recycle and repurpose the fishing line into spawning enclosures for fish; enhancing the entire life cycle of our great fisheries in Northwest Ohio. 

GLO 2019 VolunteersAlthough heavy rain events and unusually high water levels made normal scheduling of Get the Lead Out events difficult, a GLO was finally held in late August. In one evening, the Toledo ZooTeens and other community members removed 28 pounds of lead, lines, and lures, and 55 pounds of trash from the banks of the Maumee River! We are hoping for more accessible streams banks and beds in 2020 so that we can continue to remove fishing related debris from our rivers and 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