Get the Lead Out

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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 a cleanup program that encourages volunteers to remove the fishing line, lead lures and trash that has accumulated in and along the banks of the Maumee River from spring fishing runs. We remove the used fishing gear because of the potential hazards of the derelict fishing gear can cause on wildlife, people and the beauty of the river. Get the Lead Out runs for several weeks in early to late summer making this program flexible and allowing for weather and water-level dependent factors. After registering with PCS, groups pick up their Get the Lead Out Kit with cleanup supplies, and go collect lead sinkers, lures and fishing line and clean up our river! Sign up your group and jump into action and help us Get the Lead Out!

Make a significant difference to clean up our streams, make them safer for wildlife and more enjoyable for everyone!

Not only are the lead sinkers and hooks removed, but amazing amounts of old fishing gear including fishing lines, fishing rods, and lures are taken out of the river. The lead is sorted, melted, and reused. The fishing line is sent to Berkley Fishing where it is transformed into new materials like fish habitat structures. Groups can pick up lead and garbage anytime water levels and temperatures allow. Lower water levels make it easier to find line and lead along the rivers.  PCS provides the supplies, the maps, the tools - everything you need! We work primarily along the lower Maumee River, in multiple locations. 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.). Explore more information from previous years on the PCS Resources page.


To Get the Lead Out!, there are 3 easy steps:

  1. Register & pick-up your GLO Kit which includes gloves, garbage bags, pliers, and buckets
  2. Collect lead sinkers, fishing line, & garbage along the lower Maumee River May through September 
  3. Turn in your GLO Kit and collected lead to PCS. We will make sure that all collected lead will be recycled or reused.

To register, contact PCS or complete the registration flyer.

Summer is here and so is our annual Get the Lead Out program! In the aftermath of the spring fishing runs, over three miles of the Maumee River between Perrysburg and Maumee need to be cleaned and you can be the one to do it! Anglers, whether knowingly or not, leave behind fishing line and lead, and this is detrimental to wildlife and all who enjoy the river. Volunteers collect the derelict lead and fishing line, which will eventually get recycled. This program is great for volunteers of all ages and can be done throughout the summer season. We have six public dates scheduled throughout the summer months and the dates include, June 13th and 27th, July 11th and 25th, and August 8th and 23rd. All are from 6:00 to 8:00pm and are dependent on water levels and weather. Check our calendar for where each GLO event will be held.  You can also schedule a private Get the Lead Out program for your family and friends; contact our office if interested. Please come prepared with appropriate shoes and attire – we suggest close-toed, waterproof or old shoes, and clothing you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. We will provide the supplies. RSVP for one, or all, of the public outings by calling our office at 419-874-0727. This is just one more way we all can protect our precious river.


Last year, PCS volunteers collected over 15 pounds of lead sinkers and this year, we hope to do more. Still need convincing that this program is a great fit for you and your family? Check out this video for a walk along on the water. 

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