What is Living Lands & Waters?

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 nine 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.

We like wins. Big or small. But, what’s a win to us? Our mission is threefold:

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.

Why they are Awesome

  • College Students can sign up for an alternative spring break program to help remove garbage from that years river project.

  • Since 1998, Living Lands & Waters has worked on 24 rivers in 21 states, and with the help of over 114,000 volunteers they have been able to remove over 10.4 million pounds of trash from US waterways.

How To Connect Kindness


Be apart of the Connect Kindness movement. Bring attention to Living Lands & Waters by sharing this page on your social media.


Donate money directly to Living Lands & Waters. Be a part of saving our environment from extensive pollution.


Make a difference by planting a tree or volunteer during a River Clean Up.