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Recent Press

Whether Living Lands & Waters is working on the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio or Illinois Rivers, the crew is always excited to share our mission of watershed conservation with each community. Building awareness about the state of our nation’s waterways is something that Chad and the LL&W crew take very seriously, and we’re grateful to the media for helping to share our story and increase public attention about the issues confronting our local rivers.

We’re coming to a river near you and hopefully making some local and national headlines in the process!

If you’re a member of the media and wish to speak with someone at LL&W, please contact Leah Cafarelli, Marketing Manager, at leah@livinglandsandwaters.org.


Since early September this year, the crew of Living Lands & Waters has been traveling along the Ohio River, cleaning up shorelines and hosting hands-on educational courses as they go.

ABERDEEN, Ohio – On the Ohio River this month is the national non-profit Living Lands and Waters.

RIPLEY, Ohio — Moored in Ripley, sits a barge filled with litter gathered from the Ohio River, and volunteers who are trying to clean up this waterway.

When Living Lands & Waters conducted its annual spring break cleanup of Memphis’ McKellar Lake along the Mississippi River this year, it managed to remove 141,291 pounds of trash from a three-mile stretch of waterfront, thanks to the assistance of 675 volunteers.

Illinois-based environmental organization Living Lands & Waters has nearly doubled the amount of garbage removed from U.S. inland rivers compared to this time last year. So far in 2019, the group, established by past CNN Hero award winner Chad Pregracke, has removed 232,399 pounds of garbage during 75 cleanups by over 1,000 volunteers.

Almost 70 volunteers from ADM boated out to the Quinsippi Island area this morning to team up with the crew from Living Lands and Waters to clear out a dumpster full of debris left behind by the flood.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The 30th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by TVA with support from Lowe’s collected 36.8 tons of trash and tires from 33 sites in and along East Tennessee’s waterways on April 6, once again removing a significant amount from Loves Creek.

The event brought 680 volunteers out to clean up the community. They removed 1,646 bags of garbage and 449 tires from sites in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Loudon counties.

NEPONSET — For the seventh time, 250 oak trees are headed to Neponset this spring, thanks to the Living Lands and Waters organization in East Moline.

Tree giveaway to mark Earth Day

For the seventh time, 250 oak trees are headed to Neponset this spring, thanks to the Living Lands and Waters organization in East Moline.

Living Lands & Waters, an environmental organization that was established by past CNN Hero award winner Chad Pregracke in 1998, announced November 20 that it has removed 10 million pounds of trash from the inland rivers since its inception.

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- A small, local non-profit just made a big announcement.
Living Lands and Waters has removed more than 10 million pounds of trash from U.S. rivers, according to a video they released on Nov. 20.

AUGUSTA — Bracken County High School biology students were given an opportunity to learn the importance of recycling while on board the Living Lands and Water barge on Friday.

Last spring break, Cassie Metz ’17 got to see the garbage firsthand. Metz joined 30 Illinois State students and faculty advisor John Baldwin, a professor in the School of Communication, on land and water to help with a massive cleanup along the river as part of an Alternative Breaks trip.

Around 70 Procter & Gamble employees volunteered Tuesday afternoon. They are the latest in a line of roughly 100,000 volunteers Living Lands & Waters has had over the past 21 years.

CINCINNATI -- Look hard enough and the bank of the Ohio River almost resembles a department store. Along the river you’ll find shoes, tires, folding chairs and even rundown toys.

Check out students on the Ohio River experiencing a workshop in our "Floating Classroom"!

See how our Ohio River Tour is moving along..with some bumps in the road (river?).

Writer Dave Lavender came out to volunteer with us and wrote this wonderful story after.

Check out this awesome video of the crew on the Ohio River!

Kicked off our 2018 Ohio River Tour in Portsmouth, OH!

See how we modified the M/V River Cleanup to suit our new operations!

Featuring a cleanup we did with sponsor LafargeHolcim at Starved Rock State Park.

You’re invited! Come celebrate Arbor Day with the City of Moline Parks and Recreation department with a tree giveaway at the Moline Garden Center (3350 5th Avenue)!

Approximately 250 oak trees are headed to Neponset this weekend as part of our MillionTrees Project.

Read about how a student attending our Alternative Spring Break found a message in a bottle at a cleanup and connected to the writer!

Our Impact

  • Pounds of Trash Removed

    10,514,488

  • Volunteers Involved

    115,901

  • Students Educated

    11,386

  • Trees Planted

    1,312,126

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