river-trashman-chad-pregrackeHe has been on a labor of love since he was 17 — hauling litter, tires, and even rusty cars out of the nation’s rivers. Spearheading 500 cleanups he’s pulled 70 million pounds of trash from the water and water’s edge, including 775 refrigerators, with the help of thousands of volunteers.

For the past 13 years, Chad Pregracke has brought together donors, boats, barges, and even cranes to help him finish a job he started in high school, cleaning up every river in the country.

He was featured last Friday in the NBC Nightly News Making a Difference segment. Last fall he was named the Hardest Working Man in America (story on GNN).

WATCH the video below from MSNBC…


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