I first met Chad Pregracke when he came to the University of Dayton to give a speech about founding Living Lands and Waters. Some fellow stews and I were lucky enough to show him around the RiverMobile and talk with him for a bit before we attended his speech. I remember how great the speech was, and it was so enjoyable to be around Chad. When I heard that Living Lands and Waters had offered for ten River Stewards to come stay overnight on their barge. I knew that I could not pass this opportunity up. I knew that we were going to be volunteering with them at a river cleanup in the morning, but other than that I had very little idea of what we were going to be doing. Nonetheless, I was still very excited.
University of Dayton Rivers Institute, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, River Stewards, Great Miami River
O'Donnell, Kevin, "Living Lands and Waters Barge Overnight and River Cleanup" (2017). Rivers Institute Blog Archive. 305.