Projects

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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Long term projects that make lasting impacts on the environment are a focus of Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) and our community partners. Our partners range from individual local entities (businesses, non-profits, etc.) all the way to larger, multi-organization groups like the Maumee Area of Concern Advisory Committee (MAAC). Many of these projects use new and exciting technology, creative ideas and forward vision for habitat restoration and public awareness. The projects vary from revitalizing decades old campaigns to making a low head dam more ecologically productive. Funding for most of these projects come through governmental or private foundation grants. It is the goal of PCS to use projects like those summarized below to restore all of our local waterways to "fishable and swimmable" conditions.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a multi-agency program that provides funding for projects focused on addressing threats to the Great Lakes, awarded Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) with a $1.36 million grant to restore stream habitat, reduce erosion, enhance wetlands, and improve upland habitat along the upper Ottawa River. Along with the Boy Scouts of America, PCS partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers on a Habitat Restoration Master Plan to enhance this section of Ottawa River. This restoration project resulted in long‐term benefits for Maumee River and Western Lake Erie Basin habitats. Furthermore, the project also brought the Maumee Area of Concern closer to delisting several benificial use impairments (BUIs); BUI 14: Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat, BUI 6: Degradation of Benthos, and BUI 3: Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations.

The Maumee Area of Concern (AOC) Data Management and Delisting System (DMDS) was built by Partners for Clean Streams (PCS), in cooperation with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), for the Maumee AOC. The DMDS is designed to share information, maintain collaboration and communicate the status of the Maumee AOC in a streamlined manner.

 In 2018, the Village of Ottawa Hills, with assistance from The Nature Conservancy, published a 10-year environmental strategic plan for the Village (Envisioning a Greener Future). This plan was crafted after a group of concerned citizens came together to determine ways that the Village could improve the condition of the Ottawa River (and its watershed) as it runs through the Village. The four major components of the plan are community environmental engagement, Ottawa River watershed conservation, river ecosystem health and water quality, and floodplain health. A suite of initiatives and activities to address each component were determined by a resident-led Environmental Task Force. Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) has been involved in several stages of this work and is helping to encourage and facilitate many of the associated activities.

Partners for Clean Streams (PCS), in its current form as PCS and under its former identity (Maumee RAP), has been a part of exciting and successful conservation/restoration projects for many years. This work has included watershed-wide restoration plans, work with agriculture leaders and landowners to implement conservation practices, the creation of a sequel to a movie first produced in the 1960's (Fate of a River), and the funding of one of the most successful environmental awareness campaigns ever in northwest Ohio (Give Water a Hand).

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