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For the past month, the Hamilton County Police Association Dive Team has used sonar technology to scan the Ohio River, helping them identify cars. A river cleanup operation then pulls the cars from the river.

Living Lands and Waters teams up with Hamilton Country Police Association Dive and Recovery Team to remove 10 cars at the bottom of the Ohio River.

Local law enforcement officers are helping to clean up the Ohio River and some cold cases this week. Members of the Hamilton County Police Association Dive and Recovery Team are working with Living Lands and Waters to remove vehicles from under the water.

Hamilton Country Police Association Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team and environmental group Living Lands and Waters are team up to pull vehicles out of the Ohio River.

Megan shares her thoughts after attending the Living Lands & Waters Barge Party in the Quad Cities. LL&W celebrated 25 years of cleaning up the water and land. It was a time to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and passion for a mission that has expanded from the shores of Iowa to waterways around the globe.

Kids from the Spring Forward and Stepping Stones programs will have the opportunity to learn about mussels, water quality, riparian habitats and more, all while exploring the Mississippi River in a Floating Classroom.

Living Lands & Waters, an award-winning non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Chad Pregracke in East Moline, is celebrating 25 years this month.

The nonprofit Living Lands and Waters has collected 1.2 million pounds of tornado debris from shorelines since December. On Friday, they made one final pass through the Cambridge Shores area of Marshall County — except this time they were underwater.

The Neponset community is the recipient of 275 free oak trees again this year, thanks to the Living Lands and Waters Organization in East Moline, Illinois. Neponset has received trees for ten of the past twelve years.

Living Lands & Waters is cleaning up America’s waterways by removing anything that shouldn’t be there.
Find out how you can help support this colossal logistical effort and create ecosystems we can all be proud of.

Living Lands and Water is many things, but namely, the nonprofit says it's the only group doing "industrial strength" river clean-up in the world.

Cleaning the environment is no small victory. It takes time, even years, to manage. The Living Lands and Waters organization understands that, and for years they’ve been coming to Memphis to treat one lake filled to the brim with trash: McKellar Lake.

Living Lands and Waters (LLW) non-profit organization partners with college students all over the country through its Alternative Spring Break program to complete its yearly McKellar Lake trash and waste cleanup.

“This is 1.2 million pounds we’ve done so far, and that’s basically in eight weeks,” founder and president Chad Pregracke said of the debris the organization has pulled out of and alongside Kentucky Lake since a tornado hit December 10.

"The pile just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger," said Schaser. But over the course of just two months, they've pulled out 1.2 million pounds of everything from boat hulls and dock structures to toys for children.

Living Lands & Waters has cleared nearly 70 semi truck loads from Kentucky shorelines since the December 10th tornado. Despite last week's icy weather, they're still making progress.

So far over 4,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected from the Cambridge Shores area and Land Between the Lakes (Kentucky Lake side) shorelines with much more to be cleared.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all that we end up doing over a million pounds of debris out there. There’s a lot of stuff. It’s pretty devastating,” said Pregracke.

The crew from Living Lands and Waters needs people to go up and onto the shore to help with the clean up on the tornado path in Marshall County as well as help them with the clean up on the Land Between the Lakes shoreline.

After December’s tornadoes, the non-profit reached out to Marshall County officials, saying they were ready to conquer the enormous job.

Living Lands & Waters, a nonprofit organization, is heading the cleanup efforts in the Kentucky lakes area.

Twelve members of the Ohio Valley chapter of Women in Maritime Operations (WIMOs) participated in a river cleanup in July with Living Lands & Waters.

Local Louisville, KY river community and Police relieved to see abandoned houseboat leave the river, after being there for almost a whole year. One less eyesore and environmental hazard polluting the Ohio River.

Finlandia Vodka shows its support for Living Lands & Waters as they teamed up to tackle the trash on the Ohio River.

Tennessee's waterways are a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of volunteers across the state last month.

The coronavirus has thrown some speed bumps into the river cleanup mission of Living Lands & Waters but has not been able to stop it.

Living Lands and Waters is out on the Illinois River picking up trash all along the banks and in the water. By the time they are finished with this project, they will have picked up nearly 25 tons of trash just in a few weeks.

From phone cases to dog toys - take a look at this stellar list of five companies that advocate for the environment.

June 5th was World Environment Day! And, in celebration, we think it’s important to share a few of the positive current events happening around the world. We like wins, big and small, and we’re always happy to cheer on our planet!

A local non-profit won’t let the pandemic stop its work to protect the environment on Earth Day.

Living Lands and Waters surpasses its goal for planting trees this year.

What began as one man on a cleanup mission has grown into one of the US's most impactful river initiatives.

Volunteers with Living Lands and Waters have been knee-deep in their yearly project to clean up McKellar lake in Memphis.

Marcus will learn how vital it is to keep the Mississippi River clean

Nonprofit river cleanup organization Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) unloaded hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage at the Owensboro Riverport Authority on Wednesday.

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.

Let Chad tell ya 'bout the birds (butterflies) and the bees and the (wild)flowers and the trees in his first ever blog! He wants to know what you think after you check it out!

There must be something in the water **other than** tires and trash…the love barge strikes again! Blog written by Chad’s wife, Tammy, another barge connection!

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.

Remember MTV Cribs? This is our version! Click through to learn more about fish cribs and why they were a necessary addition to Lake Decatur!

Removing trash from our rivers and watersheds is just part of the solution. The other big challenge is disposing of it in a way that diverts as much of it as possible from landfills.

Check out the top environmentally friendly social media accounts we’d marry if we could! How cuuuute would our trash babies be????

Have you ever wondered what kind of trash we find in America’s rivers? Well, if so, you’re not alone! We started tracking things like pounds of trash removed and sh!t we find tracing back to the beginning (1998). Plastic bottles are, by far, the number one thing we remove (see more information on an upcoming volunteer event at the bottom of the page!) but there are a variety of other items that might make you go, hmmm.

Being a Living Lands & Waters crew member is much more than a full-time job; it’s a fast-paced, whirlwind lifestyle. The month of March completely proves this. We throw our hands up and dive face first into our work every single day.

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.

Our Impact

  • Pounds of Trash Removed


  • Volunteers Involved


  • Students Educated


  • Trees Planted


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