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Chatham County will incorporate stormwater management and watershed protection into new Environmental Services Department

Posted Friday, May 27, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Under the recommended budget for 2011-12, Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne proposes creating a new Environmental Services Department that would be led by Dan LaMontagne, who currently holds a related management position for the county.

“Under the proposal, the county’s existing functions related to environmental protection will be continued, including stormwater management and watershed protection, and will be incorporated into the new department,” said Horne.

“Along with this reorganization, we will fill a vacant position in the new department’s Water Quality Division and cross train staff in various areas of our environmental protection ordinances and regulations to ensure we have more people qualified to monitor compliance,” said Horne.

Horne said that LaMontagne has extensive environmental engineering and management experience. “He is a licensed environmental engineer who is well qualified to lead this department, while also managing solid waste and recycling. The plan will save money, while also providing better coordination across these related functions.”

Prior to coming to Chatham County as director of Waste Management, LaMontagne served as manager of Facilities & Operations in Wake County’s Waste Management Division. “Most people do not realize that his experience before Wake County is more varied across the environmental field,” said Horne.

From 2001 to 2005, LaMontagne served as the first manager of Environmental Programs for the Town of Apex. This included managing divisions for soil erosion and sedimentation control, stormwater management, solid waste and recycling, water and wastewater planning, utility easements, GPS mapping, disaster cleanup and many related functions. While in Apex, LaMontagne also developed and implemented its Watershed Protection Ordinance that included stormwater controls and stream buffers.

Beginning in 1998, LaMontagne also worked for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a project manager and environmental engineer in such areas as hazardous waste site investigation and cleanup and underground storage tank remediation.

LaMontagne’s career began in the private sector as a project manager for two firms involved with various environmental projects, including managing a response to a fire at a semiconductor processing plant, hazardous waste management and cleanup, soil and groundwater sampling, development of stormwater pollution prevention plans, air pollution control design and monitoring, evaluation of underground fuel piping and other environmental protection efforts.

 
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