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About Us


Potesta & Associates, Inc. (POTESTA) was founded in 1997 to provide quality engineering and environmental consulting services to a wide variety of private and public clients in West Virginia and the eastern United States. We have now grown to a large and very diverse staff that includes civil, geotechnical, environmental, mining and chemical engineers, Licensed Remediation Specialists, site designers, surveyors, CADD designers, biologists, toxicologists, ecologists, geologists, hydrogeologists, foresters, stream restoration design specialists, occupational safety and health specialists, field technicians, a land management team and support personnel.

We take pride in delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions to our clients' complex requirements. Our clients include mining, manufacturing and chemical companies, utility companies, municipalities, waste management companies, architects, attorneys, financial institutions, insurance companies, colleges/universities, land developers, construction companies, local, state and federal agencies and non-profit groups. We primarily serve clients east of the Mississippi River, occasionally reaching further west. Our services are provided from our headquarters in Charleston, West Virginia and branch offices in Morgantown, West Virginia and Winchester, Virginia, and Cambridge, OH.

Professional Staff

POTESTA's staff is committed to delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet our client's complex requirements. The firm's environmental department consists of biologists, geologists, chemists, environmental scientists and environmental engineers, many with advanced degrees (Masters and Ph.D. level). POTESTA's engineering department includes civil, geotechnical, environmental, mining and mechanical engineers. Our registered professional engineers have over 300 years experience among them and are supported by a capable team of engineers, designers and surveyors.

Our firm is managed by three principals driving POTESTA forward with their experience and emphasis on exceeding expectations. Ronald R. Potesta, President, is a former Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Dr. L. Eli McCoy, Vice President of Environmental, is a former Director of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Dana L. Burns, P.E., Vice President of Engineering, has more than 30 years experience with civil, geotechnical, mining and environmental engineering projects.


We carry a full line of insurance coverage, including general liability, errors and omissions, pollution liability and workers' compensation. We also have and follow a stringent internal quality control system designed to provide our clients with a high standard of service.