New Leader Takes Over Blue Water Baltimore

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The nonprofit environmental group Blue Water Baltimore welcomes a new executive director this week.

Jenn Aiosa has worked for more than 20 years in Maryland's environmental community, and she calls the new role "her dream job."

Aiosa was most recently the Vice President and Director of Programs for the Chesapeake Conservancy. She also spent 12 years as a senior scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Blue Water Baltimore consists of more than 30 engineers, educators, scientists, community greening experts, and advocates, all working to restore the streams that feed into the Baltimore harbor.

The grassroots group was formed in 2010, when the waterkeepers for the Jones Falls, Gwynns Falls, Herring Run and the Baltimore Harbor joined forces to address water quality issues in Baltimore.

Aiosa has served as a member of Blue Water Baltimore's board, most recently as Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee and the Policy & Advocacy Committee.

"The challenges to clean water and the health and well-being of our communities are as great as they have ever been, but so are the opportunities for impact. I'm honored to be able to help lead that fight with such a talented and dedicated team."

Blue Water Board Chair Fiona Newton says Aiosa was an outstanding candidate: "Jenn will be an asset not only to Blue Water Baltimore, but also to the broader community of neighborhoods, partner organizations, and others across Baltimore who are working so hard to achieve clean water in our rivers, streams, and harbor. ”

Megan Viviano