On behalf of the New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau (NMED DWB), DBS&A is offering free training for water systems operators, board members, and water sample technicians throughout New Mexico on Water Chemistry, Breakpoint Chlorination, Distribution Systems; Water System Sampler Training;  Pumps and Motors, Groundwater Hydrology & Wells, and Operator Math; Water Chemistry, Groundwater Hydrology & Wells, and Distribution Systems; Chlorine Contact Time; and Revised Total Coliform Rule.

For more information on training content or to register, visit http://www.dbstephens.com/services/water-workshops-training/.

For additional information on courses throughout New Mexico, visit www.env.nm.gov/dwb/training.

DBS&A Hydrologist Stephanie Moore, P.G., has joined the Board of Directors for the Colorado River Alliance. She is committed to working with Alliance staff and fellow Board members in support of its mission “to champion the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement.” Ms. Moore has been a life-long advocate of water resources education for citizens of all ages. Learn more about Stephanie and the Colorado River Alliance.

AIPG President, and Principal Hydrogeologist and co-founder of Clear Creek Associates, Doug Bartlett presented the award to Barb Murphy.

DBS&A Affiliate, Clear Creek Associates’ Senior Geologist Barb Murphy received the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal at this year’s American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) National Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The medal is awarded to individuals who have long records of distinguished and outstanding service to the profession. The most important criterion for this medal is a continual record of contribution to the profession of geology. A wide variety of contributions can be considered, such as: (a) the education and training of geologists, (b) professional development of geologists, (c) service to the Institute, (d) leadership in the surveillance of laws, rules, and regulations affecting geology, geologists and the public, and (e) activity in local and regional affairs of geologists.

Barb has served several times on the AIPG’s National Advisory Board, as Vice President, as 2012 National President, as chairperson of the AIPG annual meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2008, and has been an active member on several AIPG specially-tasked committees. She worked with AIPG staff and AIPG headquarters in development of the Geosciences On-Line Initiative (GOLI) webinar program. As AIPG’s President, she worked to increase contact with members and to reorganize several sections. She worked with the Geological Society of London in developing an MOU for comity between the organizations for CPG and CGeol applications. Barb has represented geologists at the Arizona legislature and at conferences in matters related to professional standards and the importance of what geologists do.

Learn more about Barb Murphy.

TONY MORGAN, PG, CHG Vice President and Principal Hydrogeologist

Mr. Morgan has joined our growing team of California hydrogeologists and hydrologists, engineers, soil scientists, water resource planners, modelers, and GIS specialists. He has nearly 40 years of experience in water supply, water management, and hydrogeological programs for municipal, industrial, and agricultural applications. Over his career as a consultant, and as the Deputy General Manager at United Water Conservation District (UWCD), he has been involved in a broad range of projects related to groundwater supply development and management, including:

  • SGMA compliance, GSP development and third-party review
  • Groundwater resource exploration and production
  • Basin-wide groundwater monitoring, hydrostratigraphic modeling, and geophysical exploration programs
  • Acquisition and interpretation of borehole geophysical logs
  • Basin-scale groundwater flow models
  • Aquifer replenishment activities (e.g., surface water diversions, spreading basins)

In his role as the corporate Market Leader for Water Planning and Development, Mr. Morgan draws upon his considerable expertise in Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) compliance, including forming groundwater sustainability agencies and plans, as well as regional conjunctive use programs.

He joins DBS&A’s hydrogeologists and modelers who support water agencies working toward compliance with SGMA, by developing and providing expert review of groundwater budgets and numerical models, estimating sustainable yields, and implementing groundwater monitoring programs and other groundwater management strategies. Click here to learn more about SGMA.

Tony is an active member of the Association of California Water Agencies, Groundwater Resources Association of California, and National Ground Water Association, and he has also served as a Director on the Board of the American Ground Water Trust since 2008. Click here to learn more about Tony.

SAWPA-AWQ-coverThe Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board has adopted DBS&A’s ambient water quality determinations for total dissolved solids (TDS) and nitrate-nitrogen for all 37 of the groundwater management zones (GMZs) contained within the 2,840 square-mile Santa Ana Watershed in 2015.

DBS&A’s submittal of the updated 2015 TDS and nitrate-nitrogen ambient water quality (AWQ) determinations and assimilative capacity findings was accepted by the Santa Ana Water Board on March 23, 2018 as part of ongoing efforts to mitigate Basin Plan watershed salt loads. The Santa Ana Water Board’s acceptance further resolved that DBS&A report findings of ambient water quality was in compliance with the Salt Management Plan Monitoring Program Requirements that address TDS and nitrate in surface water and groundwater.

In issuing Resolution R8-2018-0027, the Santa Ana Water Board has directed staff to use DBS&A’s report of “…updated ambient TDS and nitrate-nitrogen determinations and assimilative capacity findings to develop appropriate waste discharge requirements or water recycling requirements.”

According to DBS&A’s Senior Vice President and Principal Hydrogeologist, Dr. Steve Cullen, PG, “DBS&A’s team of hydrogeologists, modelers, and data analysts have put together a remarkable product—we’re very proud of DBS&A’s contribution to the protection of water quality in the Santa Ana River Watershed.”

The 2015 ambient water quality determinations are currently being incorporated into the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority’s One Water One Watershed (OWOW) 2018 Update to the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) plan.

DBS&A’s TDS Trends Study, recently completed for the Southern California Salinity Coalition and the National Water Research Institute, by DBS&A is also being incorporated into the OWOW update. Click here to learn more.

Resolution No. R8-2018-0027 can be found online here.

Links to the technical memorandum developed by DBS&A are located on the Board’s website:



DBS&A’s Founder and Principal Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens, Ph.D., P.Hg., P.G., has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) of California’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to individuals for their exemplary contributions to the groundwater industry, contributions that have been in the spirit of GRA’s mission and organization objectives. Like past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Stephens has dedicated his career to the groundwater industry and has been a pioneer in his field of expertise; specifically, applied analyses of vadose (unsaturated) zone processes that play a vital role in quantifying groundwater recharge rates and understanding infiltration processes and contaminant transport. Dr. Stephens was recognized at GRA’s Annual Conference in Sacramento, California, on October 3-4, 2017.

Dr. Nicole Sweetland, Principal Hydrogeologist of DBS&A and President of DBS&A’s parent company, Geo-Logic Associates (GLA), congratulates Dan on this recognition of his significant and enduring impact on the scientific community. “Dan has been a tremendous mentor to me in my career and I could not be more proud.”

Dr. Stephens began private consulting in 1976 and founded Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) in 1984. With a modest start in Socorro, New Mexico, DBS&A grew to a $17-million corporation with seven offices in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. In 2015, DBS&A joined forces with GLA and now has 27 offices and more than 250 employees in the U.S. and abroad.

As the founder of DBS&A, and a GRA member for 15 years, Dr. Stephens has aligned himself with the mission and objectives of the GRA, promoting his colleagues’ professional development, and achieving technical excellence over his lifetime through research, innovation, and education. Learn more about Dr. Stephens.