Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Clearwater Festival

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  • 07 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Clear-
water Festival

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to commemorate those
events of historical significance which add strength, vigor and inspira-
tion to the cultural diversity and quality of life in the communities of
the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 35th Anniversary of the Clearwater Festival, better known as
the Great Hudson River Revival, to be celebrated on June 15-16, 2013;
WHEREAS, The Clearwater Festival is produced by the nonprofit,
member-supported, environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwa-
ter, Inc., or "Clearwater"; its sources go directly to support
Clearwater's environmental research, education and advocacy efforts to
help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, as well
as communities in the river valley; and
WHEREAS, Clearwater has introduced over half a million people to the
wonders of the Hudson estuary aboard the sloop Clearwater; recently,
Clearwater played a key role in the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA's) decision to remove PCBs from the Hudson River; and
WHEREAS, In 2002, Pete Seeger, the founder of Clearwater, was named a
"Clean Water Hero" for his prominent efforts in support of the Clean
Water Act; today, seeing the success of the Clearwater organization, one
cannot imagine these achievements being possible without the Clearwater
Festival; the Great Hudson River Revival has served as a beacon toward
raising awareness in support of America's First River; and
WHEREAS, Back in the mid-1960s, after centuries of accumulated sewage
pollution and industrial dumping of toxic chemicals, the Hudson River,
like many of America's most important estuaries, was declared lifeless;
the river's fragile ecological system was devastated; and
WHEREAS, Recognizing this incredible environmental tragedy, Pete Seeg-
er, a popular musician and respected activist, decided to build a boat
to save the river; hosting small, supportive river concerts throughout
the Hudson River Valley, he literally passed his banjo among the crowd,
earning support to build the elegant tall ship that would become a
symbol of environmental advocacy, the flagship of the American Environ-
mental Movement, the sloop Clearwater; and
WHEREAS, This nomadic folk festival picnic continued to travel
throughout the Hudson River Valley, then in 1978 the gathering set down
roots at a historic river park, Croton Point, on the Hudson River and
was coined The Great Hudson River Revival; however, 10 years later, due
to pollution problems with the landfill at the park, the festival was
forced to move from the river; and
WHEREAS, This particular move resulted in a decade of exile inland at
a suburban college campus; in 1998, however, the Clearwater board of
directors pushed to move the festival on or near the Hudson River, and a
year later the Clearwater Festival returned to its spiritual home, the
shores of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park; since the 1960s, the
Clearwater Festival has grown into the country's largest annual environ-
mental celebration, its music, dance and storytelling, education and
activism attracting thousands of people of all ages to the shores of the
Hudson River; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals, events and organizations of such noble aims and accomplishments

are brought to our attention, they should be celebrated and recognized
by all the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Clearwater Festival; and be it
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Pete Seeger, Clearwater Festival.


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