Recently I had the opportunity to photograph an amazing group of people, based out of Moline, Illinois on the Mississippi River. It gave me a chance to tap into my roots of Photojournalism, and as an avid canoe camper on smaller rivers, this assignment was after my own heart.
Their business is unconventional to most of us, spending up to nine months a year living and traveling on a barge, this crew seeks corporate entities willing to do river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts with them.
This groups name is Living Lands and Waters, founded by Chad Pregracke in 1998, and this time they worked with 100 P&G employees willing to spend the day getting dirty, picking up trash and executing guardianship of the Ohio River.
As you go through the photos you will see just what 2 hours of cleanup across just about a mile of shoreline can achieve, can you imagine how much trash is on all the shorelines?
Kudos to a great group of people who have created a sustainable business of conservation efforts to clean up our rivers.