Get the Lead Out

Get the Lead Out is a summertime waterway clean-up program focused on removing fishing debris from the Maumee River. Lead sinkers, hooks, lures, and tangled fishing line can entangle wildlife, harm humans, and erode our river’s natural beauty. That’s why we Get the Lead Out!

How To Volunteer

Between Late June and Late August

Program Impact





Pounds of marine debris removed


River miles covered

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my child to a GLO program?

Because Get the Lead Out clean-ups always involve handling lead sinkers, hooks, lures, and tangled fishing line, we recommend this program for volunteers ages twelve and older. Remember that a parent or guardian must sign a liability waiver on behalf of children.

What should I wear?

Please wear clothes you’re comfortable getting muddy or damp. For safety, we highly recommend long pants and closed-toed shoes.

How does Clean Swell work for collecting marine debris data?

We’re glad you asked! Check out our Clean Swell App How-To and FAQ.

Learn More

…about what marine debris is and how you can prevent it.

…about the local waterways that this program benefits.

…about simple lifestyle changes that add up to help our waterways.