Two weeks ago I had the privilege to get close to an old and familiar subject. Up and down the Hudson this summer various communities along the river are taking part in Hudson Celebration 2009 marking the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the river that bears his name. Growing up in Newburgh, New York I had the opportunity to get aboard the Clearwater Sloop several times. It was onboard that I received my first lessons in environmental stewardship, the reason for the Clearwater’s existence. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater took part in the opening ceremonies and the Great Flotilla Day where several notable ships made the journey from New York Harbor hundreds of miles north to Albany and Rensselear.