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Courtesy of San Diego Coastkeeper

San Diego Coastkeeper announced Friday that Executive Director Megan Baehrens is leaving for another job early next month, and a search is getting underway to find a replacement.

Baehrens has been with the environmental group for six years.

“Megan’s vision has greatly improved fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County — from the expansion of hands-on science curriculum available countywide to innovative stormwater permits and Pure Water in the city of San Diego,” said Elizabeth Taylor, president of the board of directors.

Pure Water is a program the city is getting off the ground that will recycle wastewater to drinking water.

“She assembled a powerful team of experts within the organization and empowered them with the resources to get results,” Taylor said.

Baehrens is leaving Coastkeeper Oct. 2 to become senior director of collaborative philanthropy at San Diego Grantmakers.

Coastkeeper’s board of directors has formed a search committee and will review applications through Oct. 30, according to Coastkeeper.

The group said Program Director Travis Pritchard and board Treasurer Stewart Halpern will fill in on an interim basis until a new executive director comes on board.