Van graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 1982 with a degree in physics. His firm, Stream Dynamics, Inc., specializes in turning runoff and erosion problems into water harvesting opportunities with water harvesting earth works, urban stormwater retrofits, and riparian and wetland restoration in both urban and wildland settings.
Van has worked extensively in New Mexico and Arizona on a variety of restoration projects with regional drylands stream restoration and water harvesting experts including Bill Zeedyk, and Brad Lancaster. He has completed the River Restoration and Natural Channel Design stream restoration course schedule taught by Dr. Dave Rosgen. He is the co-author with Bill Zeedyk of a book called Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels, published November, 2009. He received his Water Harvesting Certification from Watershed Management Group in 2011.
Recent projects include designing water harvesting stormwater retrofits for the City of Santa Fe, and restoring a very large ciénega (desert marsh) in the bootheel of New Mexico.
Understanding the dynamics of stormwater management is often obscured by fancy software modeling and over-engineered design. There is sometimes a disconnect between what we see when we look at a grassy swale and our stormwater management plans that quickly drain away any water as if it were not . . . water - our most valuable resource!
Stream Dynamics uses a holistic and intuitive approach that creates the most cost-effective, efficient and beautiful results. Learn the basic principles for putting urban stormwater runoff to beneficial use for healthy communities in a way that is both economically and ecologically sustainable.
Denise Smith graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Wildlife andFisheries Science in 1987 and worked for the federal government as awildlife biologist for 23.5 years for four different federal agencies – National Marine Fisheries Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Her work involved protecting and advocating for fish and wildlife and their habitat on public and private lands through resource planning, project management and compliance with environmental regulations. She has been a self-employed contractor since 2009 securing Clean Water Act Section 401/404 permits for contractors on stream, riparian and wetland restoration projects. She was employed by the Town of Silver City, NM from 2010 to 2017 in the Office of Sustainability, helping conserve energy and water for the town. Her interests include hiking, writing, playing piano and hammered dulcimer and daily physical exercise.
Laura Ramnarace, Administrative Assistant Laura Ramnarace, M.A., brings her skills as a program manager and her knowledge of organizational dynamics and communication to her work assisting Stream Dynamics do the crucial work in changing the way we manage water in the desert southwest.
Cameron's primary role at Stream Dynamics is to manage a three-year contract with the NMDOT for dust mitigation on the Lordsburg Playa.
Cameron is a conservation planner dedicated to habitat restoration using appropriate methods. Her background in diversified organic agriculture, permaculture design, and native plant propagation has informed her approach to stream restoration. She currently serves as VP of the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation, an impactful volunteer group that uses the techniques of Induced Meandering across New Mexico to improve habitat quality. Cameron holds a B.A. in Philosophy and German and a Master's of Community and Regional Planning, with an emphasis in environmental planning.
Asher Gelbart, Youth Conservation Corps Supervisor
Asher Gelbart has worked with Stream Dynamics since 2014 as the supervisor of a Youth Conservation Corps rainwater harvesting crew. Drawing upon skills from a former career as an optical engineer, Asher fulfills his current passions as a certified Rainwater Harvester and Permaculture Designer. Since 2007, Asher has operated his own small business, Green Energy Now, specializing in rainwater harvesting cisterns, earthworks and greywater systems; passive solar; biofuels; and low-tech solutions for drastic energy conservation.