Heaping trash barge docks in Covington to help Procter and Gamble clean up Ohio River

Trash barge docks in NKY to help P&G clean river
Posted at 7:38 AM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 07:38:53-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A heaping trash barge docked near the Roebling Bridge Wednesday morning to help Procter and Gamble employees clean up the Ohio River for a second year.

The boat is piloted by Chad Pregracke and his nonprofit organization, Living Lands and Waters. Pregracke and his crew spend up to 9 months a year living and traveling on the barge, hosting river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other conservation efforts. He was named CNN's Hero of the Year in 2013 for his work.

P&G said this is an opportunity for its employees to give back to the community where they work and live. Starting at noon Wednesday, employees will boat along the riverbanks through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and collect the litter they find.

Since 1998, Pregracke and his organization have worked on 23 rivers in 20 states. He said they have removed more than 9.2 million pounds of debris from American waterways with the help of more than 98,000 volunteers.