Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) is an employee-owned water resources and environmental consulting firm providing comprehensive services in groundwater and surface water hydrology, and soil science. Particular areas of expertise include hydrogeologic investigations, water resources planning and development, water rights, studies of contaminant transport in soil and groundwater, numerical modeling, remediation of soil and groundwater, and environmental litigation support. DBS&A`s Soil Testing and Research Laboratory performs analyses of hydraulic properties of soils, including special tests not common to traditional soil testing laboratories. DBS&A has completed many challenging vadose zone projects, from modeling fate and transport of contaminants through fractured volcanic rock, to field-testing the permeability of sediment underlying a uranium tailings disposal facility.
- Employee-owned by 110 professionals (and growing).
- Founded in 1984 in Socorro, New Mexico.
- Maintain seven offices in New Mexico, California, and Texas.
- Primary services include environmental, water resources, engineering, information solutions, expert (legal), and laboratory (soils/geologic materials).
- Clients and industries served include governmental (local, state, federal, tribal), energy, legal, mining, waste management, transportation, agriculture, and land development, among others.
- We hold eight patents for innovation in soil and groundwater science.
- DBS&A staff regularly contributes to peer-reviewed scientific journals, and are faculty members at some of the nation’s leading universities.
- Our experts have published two books on vadose zone hydrology.
- We are a leader in the implementation of innovative water management strategies to ensure sustainable water supplies.
- We have designed, installed, and operated innovative remediation technologies for cleanup of contaminants in soil and groundwater at hundreds of sites ranging in cost from $20,000 to more than $7 million.
- We have worked with many chemicals of concern, such as volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, petroleum products (including MTBE and other oxygenates), radionuclides, pesticides, perchlorate, and PCBs.
- We perform modeling of groundwater and surface water to evaluate available supplies and transport of contaminants.
- We use state-of-the-art data management and 3D visualization tools (including GIS and MVS) for analyses of water resources and contaminants in groundwater and surface water.
- We engineer evapotranspiration landfill covers that provide a cost-effective, low-maintenance, and high-performance alternative to traditional covers and waste impoundments.
- We use Decision Analysis to help our clients make natural resource policy decisions while balancing environmental, economic, technical, and legal objectives.
DBS&A’s vision is to be the premier provider of professional services in hydrology, engineering, and geosciences.
We provide solutions to clients with concerns about natural resources and the environment. We are committed to quality, integrity, and follow-through.
We value integrity, fiscal responsibility, curiosity, creativity, safety, tenacity, respect, professionalism, and responsiveness.
Some 28 years ago, Dan Stephens left his position as Chairman of the Geosciences Department at New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) to apply his expertise in hydrogeology to public and private-sector clients who were facing challenges in complying with tough, new environmental regulations.
“When we first began our business in 1984, the Underground Storage Tank program was really gaining momentum in New Mexico, there was a lot of federal work for nuclear waste siting, and there was a lot of excitement over the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA),” says Dr. Stephens.
Since then, our growing team of professionals has built on the qualities of expertise, innovation, and tenacity that Stephens brought to his work. We have grown from a small group of hydrogeologists working out of a Socorro, New Mexico, garage to a $20 million corporation with offices in three states. The last few years have seen some of our strongest growth, despite the economic downturn.