About Us

About Us

Headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, Living Lands & Waters is a 501 (c)(3) environmental organization that was established by Chad Pregracke 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.



Our Mission

  • 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.