Clearwater’s environmental action programs have gained a wide reputation in the Hudson Valley for effective science-based strategies in the public interest. From original research on large-scale issues, to support of small grassroots community groups, we employ a range of innovative and traditional citizen advocacy techniques designed to restore and protect the quality of the Hudson River watershed.
Our environmental action staff is made up of highly motivated, accomplished individuals with degrees in the environmental sciences. They are assisted by interns from area colleges and universities, contract specialists, and volunteer advisors from many professions.
Our objective is a Hudson River ecosystem free of harmful pollutants, with ample habitat to sustain the reproductive integrity, health and well-being of life at all trophic levels—including human. We are active in many large scale local problems, such as the Indian Point Campaign and removal of PCB contamination from the Hudson River. We are also vocal on Rockland County, NY’s Haverstraw Desalinization Plant issue, and speaking out against Hydrofracking.
Public awareness is one of our primary strategies - an educated, concerned citizenry is a powerful force for change. A number of state and federal laws create the statutory framework in which we operate, but all too often the laws prove ineffectual or the agencies implementing the laws become vulnerable to political pressure. Guided by a set of core environmental values, staff members work cooperatively with concerned citizens, elected officials, and state and federal regulatory agencies to find alternative solutions. As a last resort, we will litigate to protect the environment.
We are also active with Environmental Justice issues , addressing the need to prevent the disproportionate impacts of pollution that are all too often borne by communities of color and residents of economically disadvantaged areas.
Clearwater’s Climate Justice work, as a form of Environmental Justice, involves the fair treatment of all people and freedom from discrimination with the creation of policies and projects that address climate change and the systems that create climate change and perpetuate discrimination.