Our Story


Grapewell’s story begins in 2016, when Ben Wells, one of Grapewell’s co-founders, was working at the Maryland Department of the Environment in the Water Management Administration Compliance Division. While inspecting businesses across Maryland, he saw firsthand the challenges they faced navigating the confusing maze of stormwater regulations.

These companies often resorted to hiring big, impersonal consulting firms to handle their stormwater management needs. The consultants promised a lot but rarely delivered, leaving businesses short on cash and out of compliance.

Ben saw an opportunity. He set out to build a different breed of consulting business, one that offered unparalleled service, personal support, and fair prices.

At this point, Ben reached out to Stephen Grapes, a technical writer and former business owner. His background and set of skills contrasted well with Ben’s and cemented the company’s foundation. Combining their two surnames, Ben and Stephen founded Grapewell and set about providing the highest quality service and support to the businesses in their communities.

Since then, Grapewell has worked with dozens of businesses across Maryland, from Salisbury to Oakland and everywhere in between. We’ve collected hundreds of samples for lab testing, created industry-leading stormwater pollution prevention plans, and helped implement sustainable controls and best management practices to safeguard our state’s great natural resources.

Read the FAQ, check out the services we provide, or contact us directly to see how Grapewell can help you and your business.