About Us

What started with one man has grown to ignite communities as we all work towards improving our nation’s waterways. Check out our history in our timeline or learn more about all the moving pieces that make us work.

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.