President and Principal
David J. Newton, P.E., C.E.G., C.W.R.E.

David Newton has over 37 years of diversified geotechnical, geological and engineering consulting experience. David is founder and principal of Newton Consultants, Inc., with a multidiscipline project management and consulting background in water supply feasibility and engineering investigations; water rights analysis and applications for permits and transfers; groundwater source investigations; evaluation and ranking of water supply alternatives for decision-making; dam and reservoir feasibility evaluations, design and permitting; evaluation of mitigation alternatives and preparation of mitigation plans for new water rights.

David has extensive experience throughout the State of Oregon in water resources management planning and development of water supply programs. He brings expertise in planning how to develop and implement water management programs involving multiple issues; including surface and groundwater sources and water availability, water quality, wetlands, water rights, fish passage issues, development of water conservation programs, investigation and design of dams. David is active as an engineering planner, technical consultant, strategist and negotiator for his clients.

Deschutes River Below Lower Bridge circa 1959
'Connection with Water'

Senior Water Quality Engineer
Dick Nichols, P.E.

During January, 1995 to June, 2006 Dick Nichols was with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and was Manager of Bend Water Quality Section. Dick supervised permitting for sewerage and industrial facilities in Oregon’s nine central counties. Permits included Cities of Bend, Redmond, Madras, Sisters, Hood River, The Dalles, and Prineville. Supervised DEQ’s role in relicensing Idaho Power Hells Canyon hydro-electric project and PGE Round Butte hydro-electric complex. Dick supervised development of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for the Umatilla, Grande Ronde, Snake River, Western Hood, Upper Klamath Lake, and Alvord Lake basins/subbasins. Dick also supervised Oregon’s septic tank program in the nine central counties of Oregon.

  • 1993-1995 Manager of Oregon DEQ NWR WQ Technical Services Section.
  • 1990-1993 Manager of Oregon DEQ Municipal Projects Section.
  • 1986-1989 Oregon DEQ Water Quality Administrator.
  • 1978-1986 Manager Oregon DEQ Central Region Office in Bend.
  • 1972-1978 Oregon DEQ industrial waste engineer and permit specialist.

Engineer Technician
John T. Bannon
John Bannon is an engineer-in-training with a BS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. His studies focused on fluid mechanics, hydrology, and hydraulic analysis in open channel and pipe flow. His training and skills are utilized in water supply and storage design, and on water rights projects to evaluate delivery capacity of complete systems from pump selection to application. He assists with water right permit applications, transfer applications, and proof of beneficial use reports through use of the OWRD Database, onsite evaluations, and various tools.

Other tasks include road design, field investigation, mapping, cost estimates, and contractor engagement.

Senior CAD Technician - CAD Manager
Steven J. Schenck

Steve Schenck has over 45 years of diversified Computer Aided Design experience. As an employee principal of Newton Consultants, Inc., Steve has multidiscipline design experience involving hydrology, drainage, wetlands, earthwork and site grading, utilities, water detention, water supply, waste disposal, Earth volume (cut & fill) calculations, foundations and permitting for municipal, private development, commercial, and industrial projects.

Steve also has extensive design experience in the Mechanical, Electrical, Printed Circuit Board, and Architectural fields, along with experience in Instrumentation Packaging, and Weldment Drawings. He brings expertise in setting up and planning how to document water management programs involving multiple issues including surface and groundwater sources and water availability, water quality, wetlands, water rights, development of computerized data management and mapping programs, and investigation and design of dams.


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