Living Lands & Waters


( Chad Pregracke grew up on the banks of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. While attending high school and college he worked as a commercial shell diver and saw, first-hand, the enormous amount of garbage and junk that littered the shores and bottom of these rivers. In 1997 he decided to take action; physically and by himself, he began to remove junk and debris from the rivers-one old tire or discarded refrigerator at a time. In 1998 Chad founded Living Lands & Waters, a non-profit organization dedicated to waterway cleanup and restoration, as well as environmental education. Chad has been awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Ambrose University for his work in environmental education and, among many other honors, has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Chad and Living Land & Waters are proof that one person can make a big difference!

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