Pete Seeger – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
Pete Seeger, co-founder of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, has worked to highlight pollution in the Hudson River and worked to clean it. Seeger was an iconic singer-songwriter best known for his contributions to the American folk musical revival and his activism.
In the late 1960s, He raised money to build a 106-foot sloop, the Clearwater, modeled on sailboats that plied the river in the 19th century, to educate children about the Hudson and its ecology. The consciousness-raising helped lead to the Clean Water Act of 1972, a federal assault on pollution. He lobbied for the bill by sailing the Clearwater down to Washington and serenading members of Congress. That effort and a host of concerts, pumpkin festivals, and organizations have helped make the Hudson fishable and swimmable again.