Currents March 2018

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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PatchdaykidThis is the last call for any 2nd - 5th graders interested in earning a Patch for water quality through our annual Patch Day program. This year, we will have 6 presenters with hands-on activities focusing on the theme of “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.” We have changed the location to Lake Erie Center in Oregon, Ohio. The program will be held on Sunday, March 18th from 1-4:30pm. There is a $5 registration fee for each participant. To register, please fill out our online form or call our office at (419) 874-0727.

Registration will be closing on Wednesday, March 7th or as soon as we are full, so sign up now!

spaghettiJoin us for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser in Point Place! On Saturday, April 14th from 5-7pm we will be meeting at the Friendship Park Community Center (2930 131st St. Toledo, OH 43611) to socialize, enjoy a dinner prepared by PCS President Terry Shankland, and learn more about the issues that are impacting Lake Erie from speaker Dr. Patrick Lawrence from the University of Toledo. For $15, you are invited to eat unlimited spaghetti, garlic bread, green beans, drink, and dessert. Tickets will be sold at the door. Please RSVP through our office at (419) 874-0727 by April 2nd. Come support water quality in our region through a fun evening of food for thought and food for nourishment!

GCM logoAre you ready to run 26.2 miles next month? We’re not either, but we are ready to run the recycling program at Mercy Health Glass City Marathon on April 20th-22nd. Join PCS and volunteer to be part of the GCM Green Team for the third year in a row! We have partnered with Toledo Roadrunners in an effort to make this marathon as environmentally sustainable as possible. We will be out at the University of Toledo over the weekend of events with an educational table and doing our best to divert all recyclable materials from a lifetime in a landfill. So far in this partnership, we recycled 1650 pounds of glass, 2600 pounds of cardboard, 165 pounds of plastic overwrap and Heatsheets, 150 pounds of plastic water bottles and cups, 360 pounds of paper cups, and 46 pounds of Energy Gel packets. That’s literally tons of recycling! But we need a bigger team to meet all of these recycling needs. We have one shift on Saturday 4/21 from 8-11:30 am and two on Sunday 4/22 from 6:30-10:30 am and 10:30-2:30 pm. You can sign up through the Glass City Marathon volunteer page or through our volunteer signup form.  

Help celebrate Earth Day this year by making the Marathon greener and keeping our rivers cleaner!

cullenparkflrbAs the spring run for walleye fishing fast approaches, we are looking to expand our fishing line recycling bin program. This spring we will have 40 fishing line bins installed at local fishing hot-spots throughout the greater Toledo area. You can check out our map to view all the current bin locations. We hope to encourage anglers to fish responsibly this spring by putting all unused or broken line into these bins so we can prevent it from remaining in the ecosystem for hundreds of years. If you are interested in supporting awareness for this program and showing you or your organization’s commitment to preserving fishable water for future generations, please consider adopting, hosting, or sponsoring a fishing line recycling bin.

- Host a bin: allow your property to have a fishing line recycling bin that other anglers can use

- Adopt a Bin: responsible for cleaning out bins on a monthly basis and returning fishing line to PCS (one year commitment)

- Sponsor a Bin: place your company or organization’s logo on the bins of your choosing      

                        - one bin = $50

                        - three bins = $125

                        - five bins = $200

Partner with us to promote responsible fishing during this spring fishing run and keep the waters clean, clear, and safe for anglers and wildlife.


Partners for Clean Streams plays a vital role in addressing water quality issues through the Maumee Area of Concern Advisory Committee (MAAC). PCS is the local facilitator for the MAAC and works with organizations, private citizens, governmental agencies, and planning partners to identify and recommend key projects including education, technical support, fish and wildlife improvement projects, reducing beach closings and fishing consumptions and much more. This diverse committee specifically tackles the Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) of the Maumee Area of Concern to recommend long-term solutions to these issues. And the official reports are called Remedial Action Plans (aka RAPs). Currently, this region has 9 out of 14 total impairments that are being addressed. Two impairments have improved enough in recent years that they have been removed. To learn more about MAAC or to participate in this committee, visit or follow them on their Facebook page/Twitter: Maumee AOC.  Sign up for the quarterly e-newsletter to stay current on issues and projects impacting the Maumee Area of Concern.

Currents: March 2018

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Terry Shankland

President of the Board
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Andrew Curran
Vice President
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Boy Scouts of America

Joan King
First Solar

Kyle Spicer
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Denise Fonner
Board Member
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Jeff Gibbs
Board Member
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Chris Smalley
Board Member
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Metroparks of the Toledo Area

Bob Neubert
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Lucas Co. Engineers

Bill Hoefflin
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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