PBSWQPTChad Pregracke




Chad Pregracke

Chad PregrackeAbout Chad

"Chad Pregracke grew up in the Illinois Quad Cities area on the banks of the Mississippi River, as his home was only a few feet from the shoreline. The son of educators and river enthusiasts, KeeKee and Gary Pregracke, he spent the majority of his time on, in, and around the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

In 1998, he founded Living Lands & Waters, the not-for-profit environmental organization based in East Moline, Illinois. Today, there are ten paid staff members and a fleet of several barges and workboats. Thousands of volunteers have cooperated to help with the community cleanups, Riverbottom Forest Restoration and Adopt-a-Mississippi River Mile programs.