Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today the appointment of Scott Chase, Executive Director of the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority, as the Interim Environmental Coordinator for Dutchess County. In this capacity, Mr. Chase will work with County entities as well the County’s contract agencies responsible for implementing specific aspects of environmental and water resource programs.
“I am asking Scott Chase to help steer Dutchess County in a ‘green’ direction. I am especially pleased to make this announcement today as we continue to celebrate “Protecting the Environment Week” here in Dutchess County,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Scott brings to this new assignment nearly thirty years of experience from his planning days when he worked on the creation of the County Master Plan, environmental reviews for the Community Development Block Grant Program, and the development of the County Water and Wastewater Plan. Scott also brings his knowledge and enthusiasm for working with our local municipalities having served as Planner for the Town of Pawling and as Town Supervisor in his own community of Pine Plains as well as in his current position as Water Resource Manager and Executive Director of the Dutchess County Waste Water Authority.”
During his 2007 State of the County address in January, Steinhaus unveiled his “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda - an ambitious program to involve new County procedures and activities and establish the County as a leader in the promotion of planning and development strategies which minimize negative impacts on the environment. This strategy is far-reaching, involving internal County practices, proposed partnerships with local government, improved information exchange and initiation of a process to make specific recommendations for best-management practices, for both the public and private sectors.
“I look forward to this new challenge,” said Mr. Chase. “County Executive Steinhaus has a very clear vision for a “greener” Dutchess and his passion is contagious. We already have many great resources in the County, but we can produce even greater benefits with unified effort and coordination and I am ready to get right to work.”
Much of the proposed activity will be focused within the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development. “There is a strong correlation between necessary improvements in our environmental and energy-related activities and the Department of Planning and Development,” said the County Executive. “We have a lot of work in front of us, and I will be looking for Scott to draw upon the many organizations and resources within the County to develop workable strategies to help protect and sustain our environment.”