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Sloop Clearwater
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The COVID-19 pandemic is sinking the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by the late environmental activist and folk musician Pete Seeger.

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Clearwater’s annual music festival is being scaled down this year. The Beacon, New York-based nonprofit suffered a financial loss from last year’s festival and wants to set itself afloat before sinking more money into another big production. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater’s executive director about the decision and what lies ahead.

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Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has announced it will hold a smaller event this year instead of its larger, annual music festival. This comes after the Beacon-based nonprofit incurred a financial loss after last year’s festival.

Clearwater Appeals Decision On Nuclear Subsidies

Nov 7, 2019
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station
NRC

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other plaintiffs are appealing a court decision against them. They say they have a case against the New York state Public Service Commission that challenges subsidies for upstate nuclear plants.

Clearwater Hosts Indigenous Peoples' Day Sail

Oct 14, 2019
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The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is hosting an Indigenous Peoples’ History sail Monday.

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The sloop Clearwater turns 50 on Friday. It was launched on May 17, 1969. Pete Seeger, who founded Clearwater and conceived and help build the sloop, was born May 3, 1919, and centennial celebrations for him are ongoing. Clearwater is calling this its "50/100" anniversary. The anniversary is the subject of a long resolution adopted last week by the NYS Senate and Assembly about Pete's legacy and Clearwater's work.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Saturday, May 18th, Clearwater is holding two public sails on the sloop (11am and 5pm) plus a free dockside event from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at the Ferry Dock in Beacon NY. There will be live music, tours of the sloop, Hudson River fish and invertebrates, banjo crafting and more.

Coming up in June, 50/100 edition of Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival takes place June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park.

Here to celebrate the sloop with us we welcome Betsy Garthwaite, former longtime captain of the Clearwater (also a former chair of Clearwater's board), Manna Jo Greene, Clearwater's environmental director, and Stephen Smith, chair of Clearwater's board.

The great Pete Seeger would have been 100 years old tomorrow, were we lucky enough to still have him with us. WAMC is hosting a celebration of Pete with folk musician Happy Traum. The concert will be at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, New York tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Happy will perform songs he learned from Pete - traditional folk ballads, songs of love and protest, and some of Pete’s iconic compositions.

Tickets are available for a $100 pledge to WAMC and the event proceeds will support WAMC's June Locked Box.

Two anonymous donors have made up to 15 tickets available for those who can't afford the pledge. Please call 800 323 9262 to claim one of those tickets while supplies last. 

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The Great Hudson River Revival, known as the Clearwater Festival, is returning for its usual June weekend this year. There was a question about whether it would be back this year as Clearwater was navigating choppy seas. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Executive Director Greg Williams about the environmental group’s changes and two big anniversaries at this year’s festival.

Clearwater To Kick Off New Climate Change Program

Jan 18, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, environmental group Clearwater is launching a climate change curriculum.

Clearwater Commemorates An Anniversary

Oct 18, 2018

Thursday, October 18 marks the 50th anniversary of the keel laying ceremony of the sloop Clearwater.

Clearwater Sails To Raise Money For Legal Battle

May 26, 2018
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The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is slated to set sail Saturday in the name of renewable energy.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY has an amazing line-up.

A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan. Artists the Festival will welcome for the first time this year include: Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and bluegrass greats Hot Rize.

To tell us more we welcome Judith Enck and Betsy Garthwaite - President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors.

Clearwater Sloop
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For over 45 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., founded by Pete Seeger, has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, and providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival, to inspire, educate, and activate millions of people.

Clearwater will honor former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck at the organization’s Third Annual Spirit of the Hudson Gala on Sunday, February 11 at The Garrison in Garrison, NY.  Enck will be given Clearwater’s "Spirit of the Hudson Award" for her longtime service to the environment.

Judith joins us along with Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director for Clearwater. 

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station
NRC

The New York State Supreme Court has rejected motions to dismiss a lawsuit against the Public Service Commission that challenges subsidies for upstate nuclear plants.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Federal agencies are weighing in on how a new designation recently issued for the sturgeon habitat near Indian Point impacts the Westchester nuclear power plant that is set to close by 2021. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared its findings while another agency is still reviewing the matter.

Clearwater To Honor Former EPA Official With Award

Nov 14, 2017
Judith Enck
EPA

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will honor a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official at its Third Annual Spirit of the Hudson gala in February.

Clearwater Cancels Voyage To Washington, D.C.

Jun 23, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After setting sail for Washington, D.C. Monday, the sloop Clearwater reversed course and returned to the Hudson River.

Ceremony Sends Off Clearwater With Cargo Of Concern

Jun 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Great Hudson River Revival in New York over the weekend included a sendoff for the sloop Clearwater’s sail to Washington, D.C. The Clearwater Festival returned to Croton Point Park after a one-year hiatus and with it the reenactment of a voyage to stand up for federal clean water protections.

Clearwater Festival Returns This Weekend

Jun 16, 2017
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The Clearwater Festival is back after a one-year hiatus. The annual music and environmental festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Croton Point Park in Westchester County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Education Director Maija Niemisto about what’s in store.

An environmental group and organic farm in the Hudson Valley have filed a lawsuit against the New York state Public Service Commission. The two groups oppose state subsidies of upstate nuclear power plants. 

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After a major hull restoration, Clearwater is back on the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne embarked on the sloop for Clearwater’s first education sail of the season.

Clearwater Sets A Date For Re-Launch Ceremony

Jul 14, 2016
Sloop Clearwater
Courtesy of Dorice Arden

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has set a date for its re-launch ceremony after having canceled the event July 4.

Grant For Clearwater Aids Youth Programs

Jul 2, 2016
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Clearwater has received a grant for youth empowerment programs.

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A federal agency is proposing to designate hundreds of miles of rivers and other water bodies across the Northeast as critical habitats for an endangered species. The proposal includes a large portion of the Hudson River to protect a species beloved to local environmental organizations — the Atlantic sturgeon.

Clearwater Re-Launch Ceremony Is Postponed

Jun 30, 2016

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has postponed the boat’s re-launch ceremony. 

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After an eight month U.S. Coast Guard mandated restoration of Clearwater’s hull, the sloop is back on the Hudson River with sails set to begin in July.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been awarded a two-year grant to expand its environmental education programs.

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The sloop Clearwater is being readied for a return to the Hudson River after a winter of restoration work.

New Leader At Clearwater Discusses Priorities

Mar 7, 2016
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There is new leadership at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, albeit temporary. Dave Conover is the interim director, taking over for Peter Gross, who recently stepped down amid disagreements with the board over the direction of the organization. Conover has been with Clearwater in various capacities for 25 years, and spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields about his new position.

Clearwater Hones Mission As Executive Director Resigns

Jan 28, 2016
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The executive director of the Beacon-based non-profit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has resigned. His resignation comes just one week after Clearwater announced it was cancelling its annual music festival.

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