Resolution J2246-2013

Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Clearwater Festival



  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 7, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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