Western Lake Erie group volunteers teamed up with Partners for Clean Streams and cleaned the Maumee River on June 21 along the SideCut Metropark . Teams worked in various portions of the three-mile stretch of park and volunteers walked along the Maumee River and its banks. Volunteers traversed over logs, through tall grasses, and over rocks to collect lead and line that was snagged on rocks, branches and in grass. All the lead collected will be sold and reused, while the fishing line will be recycled.
“Sierra Club is excited about the new partnership with Partners for Clean Streams to create an outdoor adventure on the Maumee River, while also helping with stream litter,” says Ann Keefe, Sierra Club Lake Erie Conservation Coordinator. The cleanup focused on the area between Perrysburg and Maumee and volunteers helped remove fishing line, lead, lures and hooks that had been left behind from anglers during the walleye run and additional fishing activities this spring.
Partners for Clean Streams’ Ava Slotnick stated that, “In the past 10 years, PCS Volunteers have collected almost 300 pounds of lead sinkers from this three-mile stretch of the river.”
There will be another “Get the Lead Out” cleanup event this summer to tackle debris surrounding the islands in the Maumee.
Consider joining us for a few hours of friendship and environmental stewardship. Contact Ann Keefe, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details or to join our growing list of volunteers.