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Meet David Flores, New Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper

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From Halle Van der Gaag, Executive Director of Blue Water Baltimore:

I am pleased to announce that David Flores has been selected as the new Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper.

"As a lifelong resident of the Patapsco River basin and Baltimore region, I feel especially honored to serve as the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper to help conserve our water resources and protect my community from polluted waters. I look forward to further growing and refining our effective program with an unrelenting focus on improving compliance and enforcement of clean water laws." ~ David Flores
“As a lifelong resident of the Patapsco River basin and Baltimore region, I feel especially honored to serve as the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper to help conserve our water resources and protect my community from polluted waters. I look forward to further growing and refining our effective program with an unrelenting focus on improving compliance and enforcement of clean water laws.” ~ David Flores

David has been working with the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper program since 2009, at first through his position at the Jones Falls Watershed Association and since 2011 as Water Quality Manager for Blue Water Baltimore.

Over the past several years, David has designed and established a rigorous water quality data collection program focused on monitoring of the Baltimore Harbor, Jones Falls and Gwynns Falls watersheds. He has logged countless hours patrolling the Harbor and area streams to help identify and report sewage and other sources of illicit pollution.

Under his leadership, we have grown our volunteer-based Adopt-A-Stream program to include more than 135 citizens trained to monitor streams for pollution throughout Baltimore City and County.

David has a valuable understanding of the nexus between clean water regulation, the science of water quality monitoring, and the practical considerations that ensure accountability in compliance and enforcement of water pollution.

David has a BS in Environmental Science from Bard College and is currently enrolled at University Of Maryland School of Law.