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San Diego Coastkeeper introduced this week that Phillip Musegaas will take over in October because the water-quality nonprofit’s new government director. He’s transferring from Washington, D.C., the place he labored for greater than seven years because the Potomac Riverkeeper Community’s vp of packages and litigation.

He’ll exchange the group’s outgoing chief Matt O’Malley, who took over in late 2016. The nonprofit has not too long ago centered on enhancing the area’s ailing stormwater system, backing water recycling efforts and calling consideration to leaky sewage pipes linked to seaside closures.

Musegaas mentioned he’s wanting to study extra about seaside water high quality and different points specific to the San Diego area, in addition to tackle “rising considerations,” reminiscent of PFAS chemical substances.

“I’m coming to San Diego as a result of this as a unbelievable alternative to use the expertise I’ve and keenness I’ve for clear water,” he mentioned in an interview with the Union-Tribune. “I believe I can use the information I’ve to make a distinction.”

Individuals shouldn’t settle for dwelling with poor water high quality, he added. “To battle in opposition to that’s arduous, however it’s a worthy battle. You wish to give folks a way of what these waterways could possibly be like.”

The 59-year-old is initially from Kansas Metropolis, Mo. He labored as an expert chef in Southern California earlier than getting his legislation diploma and launching a second profession in 2005 with the Hudson Riverkeeper in New York.

“We’re thrilled that Phillip is bringing his dynamic management, vitality, and creativity to the battle for drinkable, fishable, and swimmable waters in our area,” mentioned Chanté Coleman, interim chair of Coastkeeper’s board of administrators. “Over his profession, he has gained experience with many advanced water points going through communities and this expertise is crucial to proceed Coastkeeper’s monitor file of success and far-reaching impacts.”

He begins Oct. 10 and can attend Coastkeeper’s annual Have fun Clear Water celebration on Oct. 26 on the Bali Hai Restaurant. Tickets to the general public occasion are $25. Extra data is accessible at sdcoastkeeper.org.

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