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

Ever get that sinking feeling there is something in the water that shouldn't be? You're right! Get the Lead Out 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 typically host 6 sessions throughout the summer depending on weather and water conditions.  Groups can register with PCS or wait to see our upcoming GLO on our Calendar of Events.  We will provide all the cleanup supplies, safety instructions, and the cleanup site.  Get the Lead Out is perfect for organizations working for community service hours or improving the environment. 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!

Get out and help us Get the Lead Out!

We are proud to annouce that not only is the derelict fishing gear removed from the ecosystem, but we actually take it one step further!  PCS cleans and untangles the fishing line which is then sent to our partners at Berkley Conservation Insititute who recycle and repurpose the fishing line into spawning enclosures for fish, thus enhancing the entire life cycle of our great fisheries in Northwest Ohio. 

What a wonderful summer we had getting the lead, line, and lures out of the Maumee River!  Big thank you to all of our volunteers who gave their time and energy to improve local water quality.  We are especially grateful to our friends at the Toledo Zoo (ZooTeens), Fallen Timbers - Trout Unlimited, Natural Science Technology Center, Toledo Metroparks volunteers, Pack 167, and our fellow fish fin-atics who worked to improve the condition of our waterways and remove what was left behind during the Walleye Run this spring.  This summer, we were able to facilitate six Get the Lead Outs along the Maumee River, with cleanups at Side Cut Metropark and Orleans Park in Perrysburg.  We had almost 200 volunteers who covered 3.5 river miles and removed close to 30 pounds of fishing gear.  Along with the lead and line, volunteers removed 445 pounds of trash from these locations.  Their hard work makes the waterways in Northwest Ohio safer for fish and wildlife who support successful Walleye and White Bass runs for anglers in the spring. We are so inspired by the amount of people who came out and showed they really care about clean, clear, and safe water.  Thanks guys and hope to see you next summer!

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