Midwest Living



The crew behind Living Lands and Waters, a nonprofit environmen­tal organizati­on based in East Moline, Illinois, spends most of the year living and traveling on a barge, hosting conservati­on efforts like river cleanups, workshops and tree plantings. Since its inception in 1998 by founder Chad Pregracke, and with the help of more than 108,000 volunteers, the group has removed 10.7 million pounds of trash from our nation’s rivers. This year, Living Lands and Waters is focused on the next phase of its Milliontre­es Project. Having already met a goal of planting 1 million trees along waterways to increase biodiversi­ty, reduce erosion, and improve air and water quality, the group is working toward its second million. livingland­sandwaters.org

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