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, will hold the 23rd Annual Clean Your Streams Day on Sept. 21.

Individuals, organizations, businesses, groups and all ages are welcome to sign up for this service opportunity. Registration will be open until Sept. 13.

The cleanup begins at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21 with a check-in, orientation, and light breakfast. Groups will then be assigned a site where they will do the three-hour cleanup.

There are seven 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 a.m., 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 in cleaning up and tracking their trash. After the stream cleanup is over, all volunteers are invited to celebrate at the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic beginning at 12:30 p.m., 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 and educational activities from partnering organizations.

Last September, 1,109 volunteers came out to clean local streams at over 75 different sites. Together, they removed approximately 35,000 pounds of marine debris from our waterways.

With more international awareness about the problems of plastics clogging our waterways, Clean Your Streams Day is an way to prevent trash from ending up in Lake Erie and ultimately the ocean.

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