Chad Pregracke, author of From the Bottom Up and founder of Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit organization based in East Moline, Illinois, dedicated to cleaning up and preserving our nation’s rivers, was Green Innovations 2012: Water – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow keynote speaker.
In the past 15 years, Chad Pregracke has helped pull more than 67,000 tires from the Mississippi River and other waterways across the United States.
For Pregracke, removing this debris has become his life’s work. Sometimes called “The Rivers’ Garbageman,” he lives on a barge about nine months out of the year with members of his 12-person crew. Together, they organize community cleanups along rivers across the country.