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 environmental tradition to remove marine debris floating down our rivers, streams, and in our 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, approximately one thousand volunteers join forces to remove marine debris from over 30 miles of rivers in the greater Toledo area. Volunteers gather at one of the several kickoff locations to clean up dozens of high-profile stream bank sites along 5 major waterways, tributaries, and ditches throughout the community. Volunteers of all ages remove and record what they find on data cards, which are later sent 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. 

CYS Day is hosted only in September, but if you would like to do a Clean Your Streams any other time of the year, check out our sister program CYS 365, a year-round effort to keep our waterways clean, clear 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