Mission Statement Bill Kurth
For more than 50 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as a 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 annual Clearwater Festival, to inspire, educate, and activate millions of people.
Clearwater had its beginnings in 1966, a time when the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution. Musician and activist Pete Seeger and friends had a vision to build a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries, on the theory it would bring people to the river, where they could experience its beauty and be moved to restore and preserve it. Inspired by that vision, the organization began with the launch of the sloop Clearwater in 1969—a majestic 106-foot replica vessel that is recognized today as America’s Environmental Flagship.