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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