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Registration Now Open for Clean Your Streams 22

Posted Aug 29th, 2018 by Hannah Smith  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com

 

For over 20 years, volunteers have gathered together on one day across the greater Toledo region to remove trash from the streams, rivers, and Lake Erie during Clean Your Streams Day. Partners for Clean Streams, with help from many partnering organizations, is excited to announce the 22nd Annual Clean Your Streams Day on Saturday, September 22nd. Registration for this program is currently open and can be done here: http://partnersforcleanstreams.org/cys22/register. Individuals, organizations, businesses, groups, and all ages are welcome to sign up for this unique service opportunity. Registration will be open until September 14th. Site Captains are required for groups of 10+ that register to help ensure safety and data collection.

The cleanup begins at 8:00am on Saturday Sept. 22nd with a check-in, orientation, and free breakfast. Groups will then be assigned a site where they will do the three-hour cleanup. We have seven kickoff locations this year – Side Cut Metropark, University of Toledo Law School, Olander Park Open Air Shelter, Oregon Municipal Building, Three Meadows Park Shelter House, Monroe Street United Methodist Church, and Middlegrounds Metropark. During orientation, volunteers will be welcomed by their Kickoff Coordinator, briefed on cleanup instructions, safety precautions, and given their cleanup site for the remainder of the day.

By 9:00am, volunteers will spread out to their assigned sites, all within the Ottawa River, Swan Creek, Maumee River, and Lake Erie tributaries and Maumee Bay watersheds. For three hours, volunteers collect as much trash as possible at their assigned sites and track the information on data cards. Clean Your Streams Day is part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup, during which hundreds of countries participate. After the stream cleanup is over, all volunteers are invited to celebrate at the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic beginning at 12:00pm, where they are treated to a free lunch, thanked with a Clean Your Streams t-shirt, and provided cleanup results, door and raffle prizes, challenge awards, educational activities from partnering organizations, and much more.

Last September, 910 volunteers came out to clean our local streams at 69 different sites. Together, they removed 23,789 pounds of marine debris from our waterways. Their efforts span over 25 river miles and removed 910 bags full of trash and pollutants from our water resources. With more international awareness about the problems of plastics clogging our waterways, Clean Your Streams Day is an invaluable way to prevent trash from ending up in Lake Erie and ultimately the ocean. Our health and that of our waters, wildlife, and economy, are interconnected and this is a great way for volunteers to have a positive impact on our natural resources.

Volunteers can register here: http://partnersforcleanstreams.org/cys22/register

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