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We've started a blog! Dive deeper into our crazy life aboard the garbage barge, as well as the more educational side of things. This first article will give you a taste of what's to come. We hope you enjoy!

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.

CNN Heroes 10th Anniversary did an update show back in December, and we were lucky enough to be featured! The video clip now lives on the interweb. Take a look to see what’s been happening since Chad Pregracke was awarded Hero of the Year back in 2013.

Small Town Big Deal is airing on RFD-TV on Thursday, December 1 at 8:30pm CT and featuring us during our Alternative Spring Break in Memphis, TN!

Thanks Enerfab!

We would like to send a huge thank you to Enerfab in Cincinnati, OH for allowing us to park and unload our barges on their property next week!

In ties with our 2016 Ohio River Tour, we will be teaming up with ORSANCO! This June they will be holding their annual River Sweep starting in Pittsburgh, PA and ending in Cairo, IL and they need your help! Visit to learn more or find a site near you!

We are so excited to announce that on Wednesday, May 5 2016 LL&W planted our ONE MILLIONTH tree at Riverdale Elementary School in Port Byron, IL!

Ruck & Ralley

LL&W is teaming up with Quad City CrossFit for their first ever “QCCF Ruck and Rally” on May 21, 2016 starting at 2pm. Ladies will ruck from their Davenport location, while Men ruck from their Moline location, and meet up at the Daiquiri Factory for food and drinks (Food is provided)! All proceeds go to LL&W! Click here to register now:

*Men begin at: QCCF Motown, 3800 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265*
*Women begin at: QCCF Davenport, 5335 Carey Ave, Davenport, IA 52804*
*Both end at: Daiquiri Factory, 1809 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201 *

A very cool video done by John Deere. We are so excited to kick off our 2016 season with the help of our new operations!

On 9/2/15 we officially launched our new barge and operations! With the help of a new John Deere Excavator with a custom 50-feet reach, and mini-tug, we aim to remove 1 million pounds of trash from America’s Rivers this season!

LL&W has spent the summer getting ready for our Ohio River Tour this fall. A new barge, mini truckable tow boat and John Deere excavator will soon join our fleet! With the help of our new additions, it is our goal to remove 1 million lbs of trash this year.

Starting on Monday, August 24th you can help LL&W win an office technology makeover valued at up to $15,000 as part of the “Make My Non-Profit Run Better”

Better mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13th! The first 1,500 fans in to the Quad Cities River Bandits game will receive their very own Chad Pregracke bobblehead!

LL&W is now officially a part of the eBay Giving Works program. What’s that mean? You can now support our mission when you buy and sell on eBay!

SUBWAY® restaurants located in the Quad Cities areas are joining forces with Living Lands & Waters to give back to the local community. From April 15th to August 31st, more than 75 local SUBWAY® restaurants will participate in the “You Share. We Share.” campaign to help support Living Lands & The “You Share. We Share” campaign encourages the community to get out and share their weekends with SUBWAY® restaurants, and SUBWAY® will share right back by donating a percentage of weekend sales, up to $10,000, directly to Living Lands & Waters. As locally owned and operated franchises, SUBWAY® is excited to be able tofurther it’s commitment to the local community.

We have started out on our first ever Tennessee River Tour! Stopping in 6 ports along the way, we are excited to partner with local organizations, hold educational workshops, river cleanups, tree plantings, and more!

Our 5th annual Alternative Spring Break in Memphis, TN went off without a hitch this year! We were able to work with 142 college students from 15 colleges in 10 states, and 58 community volunteers to remove 104, 385 lbs of trash from McKellar Lake!

Starting up your holiday shopping? LL&W is proud to announce we are part of the Amazon Smile program! Visit – select Living Lands & Waters as your charitable organization, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of every eligible purchase to LL&W! Check out the link below to learn more!

Breaking Ground on our New Tree Nursery!

LL&W broke ground on our new tree nursery in Davenport, IA. 300,000 acorn were planted! We look forward to using the trees we harvest here in the years to come for our MillionTrees Project!

Mike Rowe nominated Chad for his "Hardest Working DoGooder in America" award!

MikeRoweWORKS Foundation did some filming to help us tell our story about the crew and LL&W.

Our Impact

  • Pounds of Trash Removed


  • Volunteers Involved


  • Students Educated


  • Trees Planted


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