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Environmentalist has recovered 64 messages in bottles

Environmentalist Has Recovered 64 Messages in Bottles
Environmentalist Chad Pregracke has spent years cleaning up America's waterways, and while doing so he's found 64 messages in bottles. HLN says he doesn't have the heart to throw any of them away.


'It's pretty cool to find them because you never know how far they came, where they came from, who they came from. Each one tells someone's story.'

'Some of them had been found 3 or 4 times and then passed on.'

He says he's found bottles containing lottery tickets, one with a picture of Bill Clinton inside, a 'voodoo' bottle with a spooky message and notes to lost loved ones.

Pregracke started his nonprofit organization, Living Lands & Waters, back in 1998. Since then, the organization's volunteers have removed more than 7 million pounds of garbage from waterways in the U.S.

The nonprofit's website says volunteers spend nine months out of the year hosting 'river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.'

Pregracke was also named CNN's Hero of Year in 2013 and told the outlet he found his first message in a bottle in 1997. Now, he keeps his eyes peeled for them.

'I'm always scanning, looking in every bottle for a piece of paper. You get psyched out a lot because people have stuffed napkins or wrappers in there. You get kind of excited and then, 'Oh no.''

So has Pregracke ever reunited anyone through these found messages? He says a few of the messages have included the phone numbers of the people who wrote them. He's called them, but says some of the people forgot they'd even sent a message in a bottle.

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alspoolhall March 24 2014 at 9:18 PM

Chad, you are so cool to save these bottles and their messages. Will they ever be put on display? Uuummmmm?

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grlsrm200 March 24 2014 at 12:16 PM

Why do people have to be such slobs. Everywhere you go you can find garbage that someone threw on the ground as if it was someones job to pick it up. I have seen people throw whole pizza boxes out of a moving car. When we go for a walk around our neithborhood we carry a plastic bag to pick up litter. No I do not enjoy this . The pile of trash this video shows being cleaned up is disgustting. Throw a botle with a message if you must but pick up your own garbage.

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BUZO JOE grlsrm200 March 24 2014 at 4:55 PM

Don't be so harsh; you're speaking of the very same people who honor us with those 'work from home' ads in these forums.

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Bruce March 24 2014 at 12:02 PM

During the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary 2 in 2004, I threw six messages in bottles in the ocean at various points in the voyage. Each of them offered a reward if the person finding it returned it to me along with where they found it. About a year and a half later, I received one back! I threw it overboard the ship about 160 miles west of St. Thomas. It was found on a beach on a deserted island in the Bahamian chain by a husband and wife that anchored off the island during a trip on their boat. It had traveled something like 230 miles. As of March 2014, it is the only one that was returned to me.

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aeheywood Bruce March 24 2014 at 6:56 PM

" It was found on a beach on a deserted island in the Bahamian chain"

You really have no concerns about polluting a beautiful Bahamian beach?

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Joy March 24 2014 at 8:13 AM

People who walk the walk instead of just talking are truely heros. It's amazing the different ways we are touched by others, even strangers who we will never meet.

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Randy March 24 2014 at 10:06 AM

this country has a lot of nasty people in it thanks to ones that try to clean up their mess ..............

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mstrachanbfs March 24 2014 at 10:17 AM

Hey that a true saying chad, because your organziation is non profit, Life has it that you will find any valuable item. " Just doing good for your country"

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Judith mstrachanbfs March 24 2014 at 11:02 AM

Do you understand the concept of non-profit? Apparently not.

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rmm1011 March 24 2014 at 4:11 PM

I LOVE this guy. Thank you so much for your time and effort, Chad. You are a god among men.

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Brian Workman March 24 2014 at 3:07 PM

I don't understand, all these plastic bottles left in the environment? Where I live, the night thief's, rummage through your recycle trash cans on trash day, to steel your plastic bottles, while your asleep!?!?

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T Rock March 24 2014 at 3:58 PM

Hopefully the authors of these messages can be identified and contacted- with a ticket for littering

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peteskswisdom March 24 2014 at 10:05 AM

This dude is a real environmentalist. Al Gore is a lying, piece of the stuff that needs to be recycled.

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Judith peteskswisdom March 24 2014 at 10:41 AM

What IS your problem? Oh, I know - you don't really know what Gore said and are just commenting on what you've heard - that Gore said we were responsible for global warming, right? WRONG - He said it was a natural phenomenon but that we were accelerating it - big difference - and scientists world-wide agree with him. And because people really didn't understand the concept of global warming (ice caps melting and the effects that has on the rest of the planet) scientists now call it climate change.

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BOB Judith March 24 2014 at 2:44 PM

Everything living adds to global warming . Now the question is : do you think less solar flares and change in axis , magnetic direction and weather patterns that this planet has been proven to been through could be an issue ? Gore really doesnt have a clue since there are 2 dozen things that effect climate in regions . Sahara desert used to be a rain forest and scientifically proven so but millions of years ago it changed to a desert befor man and the automobile ..... Aliens must have been in charge of that climate change .

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