Midwest Living - - Grow -

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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