Sunday, November 3, 2013


I got a couple of emails from people wondering why I was posting my Chad Pregracke is a hero message again. Here's the thing. This young man is from Pleasant Valley, Iowa and he started picking up litter in the Mississippi River when he was a boy, fishing and boating with his dad. At the ripe old age of 23 -- he had created a foundation and had some big companies giving him grants -- Alcoa being the first.

As unbelievable as it may seem -- cleaning up the river really was NOBODY'S JOB. Chad Pregracke took it on -- having no idea what he was getting himself into. His foundation, "Living Land and Waters" is a vibrant organization of volunteers who have cleared thousands of miles of filfthy rivers. You would not believe the garbage they remove from the rivers...bowling balls, water heaters, old air conditioners, houses and CARS -- debris washed away by floods -- as well as all the trash deliberately left by ignorant people trying save a landfill fee. The trash fills up BARGES every week -- and they recycle all they can, sell off the metal bits, and properly dispose of the rest. The major fund-raiser is a dinner/auction at the end of the summer -- and people are encouraged to create art pieces from the dinner. If you want to learn more about Chad -- please click on this link

LL&W is a non-profit charity.  Chad is still out on the river, every day, in his  big rubber boots, picking up the garbage.  If he were to win the CNN Hero of the Year -- Living Land and Waters would get $250,000....
Living Lands & Waters
October 10, 2013
Dear Rita Farro,
We're very proud to announce that Chad Pregracke, Living Lands & Waters' Founder and President, has been selected as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013! For their extraordinary efforts to change the world, each of the nominees will receive $50,000 and be recognized at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event that airs December 1. 

One of the top 10 will receive an additional $250,000 for their cause if the public chooses them as the CNN Hero of the Year. 

We need your help!
We're asking that you help by casting your vote for Chad at or from your mobile device. You can vote once a day, every day, from now through November 17 using your email address and/or via Facebook. The winner will be revealed during the tribute show, which will be hosted by Anderson Cooper at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 7pm CST on CNN.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this email, and posting this link on your Facebook and Twitter accounts to help Chad become

Thanks for all of your help and support.                           


The LL&W Team