During Tugfest 2014 in Port Byron, Illinois the Living Lands and Waters barges were berthed offshore and open for tours. Here’s a short tour and quotes from Chad Pregracke’s dad and one of his former board members. Chad wasn’t there Saturday or else I would have interviewed him too.
Tugfest is an annual event held on the Mississippi River in Le Claire, Iowa and Port Byron. Teams play tug-of-war with a giant rope stretched across the river. The festival offers rides, arcade games, live music, food vendors and fireworks.
Here’s the start of Dr. Goodall’s speech. Her goal is to educate and motivate children and adults to heal our planet. We were allowed to tape and photograph the first five minutes only.
Click to Listen: Opening of Her Speech at University of Iowa
One of the Quad Cities own local heroes, Chad Pregracke, will receive a special honor Sunday night from CNN. His non-profit organization, Living Lands and Waters, has enlisted the help of tens of thousands of volunteers to help clean up the Mississippi and other rivers. Over the years LLW has expanded its conservation efforts to include teacher workshops, field trip opportunities on the barge that serves as a floating classroom, and many other advocacy activities.
6/5/12 Link to the lawsuit website. Link to the AP story. Link to the AgNet audio story.
Iowa Public Radio reported this morning that Quad Cities water treatment facilities are included as plaintiffs. That information has not yet been independently confirmed.