Living Lands & Waters


Non-profit Organization

About Us

Headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, Living Lands & Waters is a 501 (c)(3) environmental organization that was established by Chad Pregracke, CNN's 2013 Hero of the Year, in 1998. Since the organization was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world.

Spending up to 9 months a year living and traveling on the barge, the Living Lands & Waters' crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts The latest addition being the I-80 Restoration Project post 2016 tornado.

What started with one man has grown to ignite communities as we all work towards improving our nation’s waterways, which feed our oceans. It's being said that 90% of ocean trash comes from the rivers. In 2018, our 20th year, we'll reach 10 million pounds of trash pulled from America's rivers.

To aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds.
To expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river.
To create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.