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Van der Gaag receives Brava! award

Halle Van der GaagBlue Water Baltimore CEO and Executive Director Halle Van der Gaag has received a Baltimore Brava! Award.

SmartCEO gives the Brava! Award to women who “are exemplary leaders of their companies and in the community who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on a path to tremendous growth.”

Van der Gaag was nominated for the award in part for her work managing the successful merger of five local watershed organizations to create Blue Water Baltimore. At the same time, Van der Gaag increased Blue Water Baltimore’s revenue, helped the organization achieve major restoration and legislative successes, and developed innovative clean water programs to improve Baltimore communities and educate local citizens.

Of the 25 awardees, Van der Gaag was the only one representing an environmental organization.

Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.