2020 Wavemaker – Thanks to Clearwater for its role in the founding of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and for the legacy of cleaning up the Hudson River and its tributaries – Hudson River Watershed Alliance


Dutchess County Proclamation honoring Pete Seeger’s accomplishments and Clearwater’s 50th Anniversary of the launch and contributions of the importance of environmental awareness

New York State Certificate of Merit on the 50th Anniversary of the launch in recognition and appreciation of our work to preserve the Hudson River and its watershed for future generations – Senator Jennifer Metzger

New York State Legislature Resolution commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the launching of the sloop and Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday and Clearwater’s untiring work protecting the Hudson River and its watershed

Congressional Proclamation honoring and congratulating Clearwater for decades of dedicated stewardship of the Hudson River and innovative environmental programming – Senator Nita Lowey


Environmental Excellence Award – honoring Clearwater and the Great Hudson River Revival’s Zero Waste program for innovation and inspiring commitment to waste reduction and engaging people in sustainable living – New York State Department of Conservation


2015 New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Award – for advocacy work in the name of preservation of the Hudson River

Beacon Peace Award – Presented by the Center for Bringing About Peace

2015 Sea Education Program of the Year – Tall Ships America


2012 Conservation and Land Use Award – Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

2012 Quality of Life Award – Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress in the area of Conservation/ Land use in the Hudson Valley

Leadership in Sustainable Education Award – Omega Institute

Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation – in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community – Congressman Maurice Hinchey

NY State Legislature Commendation – in recognition of the “Friend of the Arts Award” – Mill Street Loft,

Friend of the Arts Award – Mill Street Loft, Beacon, NY


EPA Environmental Excellence Award – Manna Jo Greene

2011 Luminary Award  – Passing the Torch Through the Arts – Victor Pierre Melendez
Presented annually to people who inspire us to keep forging ahead with our cause of greater understanding of our history and culture from every American, thereby understanding America herself.


Dutchess County Executive’s Arts in Public Places Award given by the Dutchess County Arts Council.

Southern Dutchess NAACP honoring Clearwater as stewards of the Hudson Valley

NYSOEA Award for Environmental Action – New York State Outdoor Education Association given in recognition of Clearwater’s “research, conservation, and political action that influenced, protected and successfully dealt with problems associated with the environment.”



Special Achievement Award given by Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation.



Best of Poughkeepsie Award in the Environmental Conservation category given by the U.S. Local Business Association for exceptional marketing success.

City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Hyde Park Resolutions designating August  4th  through August 10th as Creek Week for organization of inaugural Fall Kill Creek Week.



E.G. Stillman Award given by the Black Rock Forest Consortium to Pete Seeger and Clearwater for environmental leadership and support of Black Rock Forest and the Hudson Highlands region.



Environmental Excellence Award given by SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/FujiFilm to Clearwater’s Urban Outreach Internship program.



Beczak Environmental Center recognizes Clearwater for “its 30 years of excellence in defending and restoring the Hudson River Estuary.”

Sloop Clearwater added to the National Register of Historic Places for its national significance to the American environmental movement during the past three decades.



Common Cause Public Service Achievement Award awarded to Pete Seeger for his continuing devotion to building a healthy environment.



Environmental Education Quality Award given by the United States Environmental Protection Agency honoring Clearwater’s “diverse set of environmental education programs focused on the Hudson’s marine ecology and the history of the Hudson River.”

Proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Yonkers proclaiming Clearwater Day the 14th day of October 1998.



Excelsior Best of the Web Award given by The Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club for “a web site whose content and presentation reflect the highest progressive ideals.”

Outstanding Communicator Award given to Clearwater’s Education Director Stephen P. Stanne by the Hudson River Environmental Society for “Clearwater’s Outstanding Environmental Education Program.”

Achievement of Excellence awarded to Education Specialist Allyson Bizer “appreciating the efforts and commitment in providing job opportunities for Covenant House New York’s Community Programs.”

Stewardship Recognition given by The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the “Clearwater Hudson River Basin Watch.”

Citibank’s Environmental Award for “performing important work in the community and for making a difference in people’s lives.”



Urban Rivers Restoration Award given by the national river advocacy group, American Rivers, “for outstanding work in going the extra mile for the Hudson River.”



Environmental Quality Award given by Westchester County Office for the Disabled for Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival accessibility to people with disabilities.



Certificate of Appreciation from the United Nations Environment Program in recognition of the contributions of the Clearwater staff.

Distinguished Achievement in Education for Clearwater’s Environmental Education Program from Mohonk Consultations.

Quality of Life Award from Mid-Hudson Patterns for Progress, Inc.

Certificate of Merit from New York State Assembly “In recognition of achievement and 25th anniversary.”

State of New York Legislative Resolution – Commends contributions of Clearwater in its untiring work to preserve the Hudson River and its shores for future generations.


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Best Environmental Organization, Hudson Valley Magazine’s Annual Best of the Valley – Reader’s Choice Award.



New York Loves You Award from the New York State Department of Economic Development for “Outstanding Contributions to the Improvement of New York State’s Tourism Environment.”



Major Achievement Award from New York City Audubon Society for “Distinguished Service to the Environmental Cause”.



For outstanding leadership in the education of the people of the Hudson Valley about the vital importance of maintaining and preserving our Hudson River environment now, and for future generations from the Town of Greenburgh.



Proclamation from Mayor of City of Jersey City proclaiming October 25, 1986 as Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Day, supporting the “right actions of the Clearwater and her support staff in their noble efforts” because “Clearwater represents the best wishes of the Mayors of the Hudson River Municipalities”.



Certificate of Appreciation from Office of the County Executive, Westchester County, New York for organizing the Great Hudson River Revival, stating “This impressive event brings countless individuals and groups from the arts and other fields in an active and shared commitment to make the historic Hudson River an environmentally safe and clean entity which will serve as a source of pleasure and life for many generations.”



Meritorious Achievement Award from Dutchess County Planning Federation, Dutchess County, New York, “in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinguished service to the cause of sound planning and development in Dutchess County.”



Award for Distinguished Service from the New York State Recreation and Park Society.



“Resolution No. 224 of 1979 proclaiming the week of May 14-19th as ‘Sloop Clearwater Week’ in Dutchess County from the Dutchess County Legislature.



Quality of Life Award from “The People of the State of New York”.

Honors for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Conservation from Albany County League of Women Voters.

In Appreciation of Environmental Excellence from Hudson River Fisherman’s Association.



Award presented to the Clearwater and her crew for outstanding volunteer service to the youth of New York State from New York State Division for Youth.

Proclamation by the City of Poughkeepsie of July 4, 1976 as Sloop Clearwater Day in Poughkeepsie as part of national Bicentennial celebration.



Conservation Award presented for leadership in preserving the ecology of the Hudson River from New York – New Jersey River Conference.



Certificate of Award from the City of New York Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Administration “for public service in helping to beautify N.Y. City’s Parks for the community.”



Environmental Education Excellence award from Kiryas Joel Union Free School District.