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 (GLO)

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!

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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. 

GLO 2019 VolunteersAlthough heavy rain events and unusually high water levels made normal scheduling of Get the Lead Out events difficult, a GLO was finally held in late August. In one evening, the Toledo ZooTeens and other community members removed 28 pounds of lead, lines, and lures, and 55 pounds of trash from the banks of the Maumee River! We are hoping for more accessible streams banks and beds in 2020 so that we can continue to remove fishing related debris from our rivers and streams.

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