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Living Lands & Waters

In 1998, Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) was founded by Illinois-native Chad Pregracke in an effort to clean up and restore the Mississippi River to its former beauty. With eleven full-time employees and an equipment base of four barges, two towboats, six work boats, five trucks, a semi, a crane and 2 skid loaders, Chad and his crew now live on a house barge, traveling port to port up to nine months a year hosting community-based river cleanups, tree plantings, and educational workshops for educators and students. With the help of nearly 70,000 volunteers, they have collected over 7.5 million pounds of garbage from 23 rivers in the U.S. LL&W has evolved into the only “industrial strength” river cleanup operation like it in the world, proving that “One Person Really Can Make a Difference!”