Volunteers from Carmeuse subsidiaries Yager Materials and Yager Marine joined with the environmental organization Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) on May 21 to help clean-up shorelines along the Ohio River. This is the second year that Yager has volunteered in the river clean-up effort. In addition to its volunteers, Yager also supports LL&W with monetary contributions.
Overall, the relationship between Yager and LL&W began more than a decade ago when the shipbuilding experts at Yager Marine built an excavator barge and a classroom barge for the environmental organization.
The barges are an integral part of LL&W’s mission to protect, preserve and restore the natural environment of the nation’s major rivers and their watersheds. The classroom barge routinely navigates the Ohio and Mississippi rivers with students and volunteers to clean shorelines and plant trees.
“Yager is proud to have a long-running relationship with LL&W, who have done a great job in sustaining the environmental integrity of the rivers along the Ohio River Valley,” said Jim Yager of Yager Marine.
Since its founding in 1998 by Chad Pregracke, LL&W has grown to become the only “industrial-strength” river clean-up organization of its kind in the world. Its crews spend up to nine months a year living and traveling on the barges, hosting a range of conservation initiatives. To date, LL&W has removed over 10.8 million lbs. of trash from the nation’s rivers, worked with more than 117,000 volunteers and 11,000 students, and planted more than 1.4 million trees.