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Stay up to date with what’s going on in the world of LL&W!

April 2017

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.

January 2016

Save the Date! The Putnam Museum (Davenport, IA) are hosting Family Fun Nights on the 3rd Friday of every month this year! In March, the theme will be “GO GREEN…recycle, reduce, and reuse. LL&W will have an informative table as well as a basket to be raffled off.

Admission to the Grand Lobby activities for the general public are free  to enjoy. We also invite a school in the Quad Cities  to visit ( 100 – 150 people), by providing transportation, a small meal (if donated) and full access to the Museum!

LL&W’s Small Town Big Deal Episode is set to re-air Thursday, January 26 at 8:30pm CT on RFD-TV. Click here to find out what channel that is for you!
In the QCA it is:
DIRECTTV- Channel 345
DISH NETWORK – Channel 231, 9398, and 231 HD
MEDIACOM – Channel 211 and 693 HD
It will air again on: Sunday, February 5 at 10:30pm on KWQC-TV 6 in the Quad Cities (http://kwqc.com/tv-listings/).

December 2016

Check out Chad and the LL&W crew featured on the CNN Heroes 10th Anniversary Special, CNN Superhero: Above and Beyond, THIS FRIDAY, December 9 on CNN/US and CNN International at 9pm CT. We will be one of five being showcased!

We will also be highlighted at the LIVE crowning of the 2016 CNN Hero of the Year on Sunday, December 11 at 7pm CT. Don’t forget to tune in!

 Small Town Big Deal -airing on RFD-TV on Thursday, December 1 at 8:30pm CT has been RESCHEDULED. New air date is T.B.A.

Quad Cities Area:

  • Channel 345 – DIRECTTV
  • Channel 231, 9398 and 231 HD – DISH NETWORK
  • Channel 211 and 693 HD – MEDIACOM
If you’re out of the QCA, you can find what channel RFD-TV is for you here.

November 2016 – We just released our 2016 End of Year Letter! Check it out to see our up to date statistics!

October 2016 – Our friends at Fishing Has No Boundaries are hosting a trivia night Friday, November 11th to raise money for their organization! Check out the flyer below for more information!screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-3-14-56-pm

September 2016 –  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! enerfab_logo_tag

July 2016 –  The crew is heading to Cincinnati, OH to kick off our Ohio River Tour! To learn more visit, http://livinglandsandwaters.org/2016-ohio-river-cleanups/.

June 2016 – 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 http://www.orsanco.org/sweep to learn more or find a site near you!

May 2016


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! For more photos, please visit our Facebook page!

April 2016



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: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=124223.

*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 *

March 2016 –  LL&W is in Memphis for the month hosting three-weeks of Alternative Spring Break for college students!


December 2015 –  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!


Click here to view the 2016 End of Year Letter!

We are beyond excited to announce we have received another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator! 

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OCTOBER 2015 – Our new operations are officially up and running! We are excited to start on our goal of 1 million pounds of trash! A new feature has also been added to the website. Check out our interactive timeline with some exclusive photos from the very beginning of LL&W!
SEPTEMBER 2015 – On 9/2 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!

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JULY-AUGUST 2015 – 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” at http://www.mmnprb.com/.



JUNE 2015 – 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! Visit https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp…or the Box Office to get your tickets!

MAY 2015 –  We’ve launched our first ever PROMOTIONAL LINE! Check out LL&W hats, t-shirts, koozies, and more at http://livinglandsandwaters.org/shop/









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.

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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! Here’s how: http://givingworks.ebay.com/…/ch…/living-lands-waters/76136/!















APRIL 2015 – 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! Visit tennesseerivertour.org for more info!

Mark your calendars!! Thursday, April 16 at 9pm ET/PT (that’s 8pm & 11pm for all you CT folks) LL&W’s episode of Mike Rowe’s CNN Original Series will finally air!! This is one you won’t want to miss!  Click here for a sneak peak – http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/04/13/mike-rowe-river-rescue.cnn .

MARCH 2015 –  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!














FEBRUARY 2015 – LL&W is proud to announce we will be launching our first ever iPhone app (also available on Androids), which be available in app stores this summer. “River Cleanup” will link with an interactive map on our website and as we continue our work on U.S. Waterways, will show how our mission statement ignites through the towns we visit. Users will be able to use the check-in like feature to log where they have held their own cleanups, post pictures, and share with their friends! Stay tuned for more details!

DECEMBER 2014 – Our 2015 schedule has been released! Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Tune into CNN on December 5, 2014 at 9pm CT for a special LL&W Hero Update!

NOVEMBER 2014 –Starting up your holiday shopping? LL&W is proud to announce we are part of the Amazon Smile program! Visit http://smile.amazon.com/ – 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!

LL&W was excited to have Mike Rowe and crew on board to film for his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” ! Stay tuned for more details, but we expect our episode to air Spring 2015!

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MAY 2014 – 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!

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Other 2014 News –  After bringing our tug boat up to speed in 2013 with a complete repower (three PowerTech 9.0L marine propulsion engines),  CK Power Products (a division of John Deere) generously stepped in again this year and donated two 50-kW generator sets to help power our house barge.