More than 230 guests joined Stroud Water Research Center, its board of directors and the presenting sponsor, Wilmington Trust, at the 17th annual Water’s Edge gala as they honored Chad Pregracke of Living Lands & Waters at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Chad Pregracke was presented with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence in recognition of his dedication and determination to protect fresh water. Starting on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he grew up, he created Living Lands & Waters at the age of 23 to aid in the protection, preservation, and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds, to expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing rivers, and to create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for cleaner river environments.“Working side by side over the past 21 years with more than 115,000 volunteers to clean up America’s rivers has been a huge honor. By no means did I ever expect to be rewarded for it, but I am extremely excited and humbled to accept the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence given who they are, what they do, and who the past recipients have been. I love the work that the Stroud Center does and it certainly is a great honor to receive their recognition!”
Executive Director David Arscott, Ph.D. commented after the event, “We are so grateful for the many sponsors and guests who support the Stroud Center and its mission, and who have helped us distinguish others in pursuit of freshwater excellence. We are fortunate to be able to recognize organizations such as Living Lands & Waters that work so hard to protect our nation’s freshwater resources. Chad Pregracke is a perfect example of how one person can make a difference in this world by inspiring others.”
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