Awards: The "Clearwater Award" Citizen Efforts
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Entry Form [PDF]
Pete Seeger's Sloop "Clearwater" Photo by
The "Clearwater Award" recognizes the outstanding efforts of an
individual or individuals, or by non-profit citizen's organizations, working at
the grassroots level for the betterment of their community and its waterfront.
Citizen's river cleanup efforts, educational work by organizations to acquaint
citizens with urban waterfront environment or history, enterprising artistic and
cultural initiatives, or pioneering citizen planning projects are suggestive of
the type of voluntary effort the Waterfront Center wishes to recognize.
The award is named for the Clearwater organization that has worked for years to
clean up the Hudson River in New York. The grassroots group's program founded by
Pete Seeger includes environmental education, advocacy and an annual River
Revival Festival. Entries in this category require no entry fee; a voluntary
tax-deductible donation of $75 to help cover processing will be appreciated.
1. Show accomplishment
There will be three special considerations, beyond the general judging
criteria, that will apply to Clearwater Award entries:
For example, document that truckloads of trash were removed, that thousands of
school children experienced a wetland, that a citizen initiative resulted in
positive governmental action or blocked an unwise waterfront undertaking, or
that as a result of citizen effort, a project, cultural initiative or plan was
2. Show collaboration
Demonstrate how the effort by the individual, group of citizens or an
organization worked successfully with others to accomplish its goals.
3. Show diversity
Illustrate how disparate elements of the community became involved in the effort. This might include overcoming typical disputes between conservation and development interests, or how minorities were recruited.
Specific Requirements for the Clearwater Award
- Supply a two-page narrative making the case for recognizing the individual
or nonprofit group's grassroots efforts. Third-party nominations are
recommended vs. self nominations.
- Provide backup material, such as newspaper clippings, photos,
slides or PowerPoint,
membership/annual reports, letters of endorsement and support, or other
- Fill out the entry form. There is NO entry fee. A $75 donation is
suggested. The signature and identification of the person submitting the
nomination is required. Nominees must be notified by the person submitting
the entry; they need not sign the entry.
- An organization nominated must be a not for-profit organization recognized
by the IRS or similar tax agency if an overseas entry.
- Deadline: Entries must be Postmarked by
July 10, 2014. Overseas
entries should use an express mail service to insure timely delivery.
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