Clearwater in desperate need of funds to keep afloat

After 50 years of fighting and advocating for the Hudson River, environmental organization Clearwater is now fighting for its own survival.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2020, 4:21 PM

Updated 1,492 days ago

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After 50 years of fighting and advocating for the Hudson River, environmental organization Clearwater is now fighting for its own survival during the coronavirus outbreak.

The organization first set sail in 1966 with a mission to clean up the polluted Hudson River.

Powering that mission comes from three places: donations, educational efforts and an annual festival fundraiser.

Last year's festival tanked, leaving them in the red. And now spring revenue is taking a nose dive from canceled educational programs, including rides on their sloop - a major source of income.

The organization posted distress calls to donors back in March asking for help weathering the storm. The calls have raised nearly $200,000, but the organization needs at least $75,000 more to stay open until June.

To keep the company from sinking, it has also applied for federal aid programs like the Small Business Loans Paycheck Protection Program. 
It is also planning to have its festival - but virtually.
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