April 6, 2020

Rivers' garbageman named CNN Hero of the Year

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Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year on Tuesday night.

Pregracke organizes community cleanups across the country through his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters. About 70,000 volunteers have pitched in, helping Pregracke collect more than 7 million pounds of trash in the past 15 years.

“The garbage got into the water one piece at a time,” Pregracke said earlier this year. “And that’s the only way it’s going to come out.”

Pregracke was recognized Tuesday night along with the rest of this year’s top 10 CNN Heroes — everyday people doing extraordinary things to help change the world. He was chosen as Hero of the Year through a five-week public vote on CNN.com.

“I’ll just keep on cleaning up America’s rivers and loving every minute of it,” said Pregracke as he accepted the award Tuesday night.


Article by Kyle Almond. PHOTO: CCN.
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waterway (n) A navigable body of water, such as a river, channel, or canal
cleanup (n) a thorough cleaning or ordering
to pitch in (v) to join forces with others; help or cooperate
to recognize (or recognise) (v) to show approval or appreciation of (something good or pleasing)
to keep on (v) to continue or persist in (doing something)


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